Sports Physiotherapist

Sports physiotherapists help athletes reach their maximum potential, either individually or in teams, and co-ordination between coaches and physicians are necessary to monitor the progress of an athlete. Sport physiotherapists are also responsible for the physical training of athletes, assessing and treating of injuries, educating athletes to prevent and minimize injuries, and develop therapeutic treatments to encourage recovery of muscles and bones. Some of the more common techniques used by physiotherapists are muscle manipulation, ice and heat stimulation, acupuncture, massage therapy and hydrotherapy. Sports therapists play an important role in athletics at a professional competition level and may also treat injuries and provide support for more general exercise and fitness.


Gaining qualification and titling as a Specialist Physiotherapist requires advanced expertise and experience in the specialisation area. There are two pathways to becoming a specialist – experiential and academic – both of which require being a qualified physiotherapist and joining the relevant national group for the field of expertise. The experiential pathway then requires at least five years’ worth of practical experience, including three years in the relevant field of expertise, along with evidence of engagement in professional development during this time. The academic pathway requires the completion of an approved Masters course as well as two years’ clinical experience with evidence of working the relevant field.