Sports therapy is a fine blend of sports science and physiotherapy services. It is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports-specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.
It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and, where applicable, work.
Established in 1990, the Society of Sports Therapists is the national governing body for all Sports Therapists. Its main aim is to address the growing demands of injuries from sport and leisure activities on everyone involved in the management and care of these injured participants.
The society now accredits courses at 19 different universities, and 24 undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.