Physiotherapy is a profession that pursues a ‘whole person’ method to achieve health and wellbeing. The patient is actively involved in their treatment and personal care, through education, empowerment & awareness. The practitioner helps to restore the movement and function of people affected by illness, injury or disability.
Their services come handy in maintaining the health of persons of all ages, by helping patients manage pain, in addition to preventing disease. Therefore, sports physiotherapy helps to facilitate recovery, encourage development and independence, and allow people to continue playing sports.
Functions of physiotherapist
For the best results, it is advisable to find a qualified physiotherapist who can assist you with manual therapy, advice, education and exercise. The role of a sports physiotherapist is to administer treatments using physical means such as electrical, mechanical, thermal, manual and hydraulic therapeutic exercises using special techniques.
The professional uses these physical agents to prevent, recover and adjust to people with loco-motor, generated by exercise or sports at different levels. The levels refer to sports elite (i.e. leisure & competition), basic sports and sports fan. The specific functions of a physiotherapist in sports include:
- Outreach in sport
The physiotherapist seeks to advise sports people, as well as sports professionals. In addition, they perform important actions required to improve the capacity to avoid injury among athletes.
The physiotherapist is alert to prevent as much as possible all factors that could bring about injuries while participating in a sport or the possible recurrence of injury.
The physiotherapist helps the athlete to regain functionality the earliest time possible. In addition, they seek to accelerate the biological process of recovery from injuries and limit athletes training until they are reinstated back to health.
The physiotherapist helps a great deal in facilitating rehabilitation after recovery from injuries. The athlete is expected to regain functionality quickly, accelerating the process of recovery and limiting the athletes training to a minimal level. In addition, the athlete is expected to be reinstated with the highest prospects for success.
The physiotherapist aims at improving all the areas of knowledge, which contribute towards the training of professionals in the field of physiotherapy, particularly at the graduate level.
Physiotherapists are actively involved in research studies that contribute significantly to the expansion and development of expertise in sports physiotherapy. Physiotherapists use their skills and knowledge to improve a range of medical conditions, such as neurological, cardiovascular, neuromusculoskeletal, and respiratory conditions.