What is the difference between sports therapy and physiotherapy?
As sports therapists, we help prevent injuries and help the patient back to full functional fitness, with that being in a sport setting or occupationally, regardless of their age or ability.
A sports therapist’s degree focused mainly on musculoskeletal whereas a physiotherapist has a more broader scope of practise and medical background, being able to work with diseases and illnesses ect.
Sports Therapists assess, diagnose, and treat all manner of musculoskeletal injuries, through hands-on treatment modalities, rehabilitation exercises, and patient education. They are also trained to deliver pitch-side first aid and treatments to sports teams and athletes, and can do this as soon as they complete their initial Sports Therapy qualification. Sports Therapists specialise in musculoskeletal injuries, first aid, and common sports and occupational ailments from the very start of their training, and are considered experts in their field. Their main goals are to see their Patients return to sport/exercise and can prescribe patient-specific exercise, mobility, and strength programmes to achieve this, and so are generally the more attractive choice to patients wishing to return to activity.
Physiotherapists on the other hand, cover a much broader range during their training, including musculoskeletal injuries, neurological rehab such as stroke rehab, and respiratory issues such as COPD. Most Physiotherapists work within the NHS on wards or with Outpatients, however many now also move into Private practice after additional training. Physiotherapy attempts to rehabilitate patients to allow them to feel comfortable and cope in their day-to-day lives, and they also prescribe exercises to their patients to achieve this.
All the Sports Therapists at Suffolk Clinic have completed a 3-year Bachelor of Science Degree (with Honours) in Sports Therapy, and have all worked with Sports Teams in the past, with Tom and Bethan still working directly with local rugby clubs.