A sports therapist
What is a sports therapist?
Outside of UK and US, sports therapist is a loosely used title as there is no regulation to the title of Sports Therapist. In Singapore, a massage therapist can call themselves sports therapists without any formal qualification of minimum requirement to use the title. However, in US and UK, a sports therapist hold a minimum of a bachelors degree in athletic training or they undergo additional continuing specialisation into sports medicine and would then be entitled to use the credential sports therapist. Even then, there is still no regulatory body(from the dated article) to say that the title sports therapist is protected so pretty much anyone can still use that title. Read more about what the title means here. A sports therapist without any formal qualification(Bsc in Sports Science/ Physiotherapy etc) would usually have limited access to treatment approach, anatomy/ physiology, assessments and modalities as these would cross the line of regulatory bodies that regulates healthcare providers which may include, physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Sports Medicine Physicians. What separates a sports therapist & a sports medicine graduate is the additional studies that they(sports medicine) may go through(may differ from schools):
Sports Medicine practitioners, are trained individuals who undergo additional education to specialise into treatment of mainly sports related injuries, management and preventative purposes. Nowadays, sports medicine is seeing an increase in demands due to injuries sustained from a higher demand of exercising. Apart from that, sports medicine trained graduates are also well versed in selective movements to prescribe optimal function to your body by teaching you what your body needs at the time and how to progress.
How can a Sports Medicine Therapist help me?
Sports medicine therapists are a vital part of the healthcare system as they guide you with movement/ exercise prescription with apart from added value to being able to provide manual therapy, they are able to work closely with physician and other healthcare providers to provide you the best of optimising your optimal wellbeing.
Why choose a Sports Medicine Therapist
There is usually a fine line between choosing a personal trainer and a manual therapist, or a physiotherapist who knows how to train you, or even a chiropractor/ osteopath who will be wanting to do training sessions alongside with their treatment. With a registered sports medicine therapist, you get a therapist that can manually work on your soft tissues & train you in a session(it's what everyone if not most of us needs). Find out how you can find a registered sports medicine therapist or become one.