Sports

Physical therapists are closely involved in the care and wellbeing of athletes including recreational, semi-professional (paid) and professional (full-time employment) participants. This area of practice encompasses athletic injury management under 5 main categories:

  • acute care – assessment and diagnosis of an initial injury;
  • treatment – application of specialist advice and techniques to encourage healing;
  • rehabilitation – progressive management for full return to sport;
  • prevention – identification and address of deficiencies known to directly result in, or act as precursors to injury, such as movement assessment
  • education – sharing of specialist knowledge to individual athletes, teams or clubs to assist in prevention or management of injury

Physical therapists who work for professional sport teams often have a specialized sports certification issued through their national registering organization. Most Physical therapists who practice in a sporting environment are also active in collaborative sports medicine programs too (See also: athletic trainers)