A sports physiotherapist works with both children and adult athletes of all levels, to ensure that their needs are being met and that they reach their peak athletic performance safely. Athletes face physical risks on a daily basis. From injuries and sprains to ensuring that they are playing at the top of their game, athletes rely on the advice and counsel provided to them through a sports physiotherapist. Avoiding injury is the main role of a sports physiotherapist in the athlete’s life.
Working either in the private sector, or through the NHS, a sports physiotherapist provides invaluable counsel to ensure the safety and well being of athletes. A sports physiotherapist works with athletes to increase awareness regarding the structure of human anatomy. This is vital for helping athletes take care of their bodies and compete in a manner that doesn’t cause injury or pain. Should an athlete become injured, a sports physiotherapist is an important part of the health care team that oversees the athlete’s rehabilitation process. A sports physiotherapist uses a number of different methods and techniques to help athletes heal from injuries as well.
A sports physiotherapist obtains a degree in physiotherapy, approved by the Health Professions Council. Once you have your physiotherapy degree you will register and become a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. To ensure that you are marketable after obtaining your degree and becoming a registered physiotherapist, experience is valuable. Volunteer positions or work as a physiotherapy assistant is beneficial. Look for these positions while training. To specialise in sports physiotherapy, take additional courses related to sports science and earn your diploma. The training coupled with experience will help make certain that you will find placement as a registered sports physiotherapist.
Opportunities for a sports physiotherapist include working in health clubs, for sports associations and in private practice. Hours for a sports physiotherapist vary and could include weekend and late night hours. An early salary for a newly registered NHS sports physiotherapist is approximately £20,225 per year. Those who work in private practice will experience a different salary. Experienced and senior NHS sports physiotherapists earn approximately £38,000 while wages in the private sector can rise much higher in some circumstances.