How to be a sports physiotherapist?
Sport has never been so demanding, both physically and mentally. Due to the revolution in sports media and the emergence of television and then online streaming services, the popularity of sports in general, not just soccer, has exploded like never before. When players try to push their limits, they get injured. This is where sports physical therapy comes into play .
In this post, we are going to see in more detail what a sports physiotherapist does and what you have to study to launch your professional career in this sector, such as with a Master in Sports Physiotherapy .
WHAT IS SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Sports physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy that is aimed at athletes of all levels who have suffered an injury or have continuous discomfort. Sports physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that is designed to help with injuries that occur during sports activities. Modalities include practical treatment and rehabilitation. For both a professional athlete and someone who plays sports less frequently, sports physical therapy can be an appropriate form of treatment.
FUNCTIONS OF A SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPIST
A sports physiotherapist is a specialist whose main job is to prevent and treat physical injuries produced in the field of sports practice. Depending on where you work – in a professional club or in a private clinic – for example, your duties may change. But in general terms, its main focus can be divided into two areas:
- Injury prevention : participate in the training process of professional and amateur athletes, in collaboration with other specialists.
- Treatment of injuries: diagnosis, treatment and recovery of injuries originated in the practice of some sport.
In the field of injury prevention, the sports physiotherapist works in collaboration with other professionals who are part of the medical and technical team. You have the responsibility to collaborate with coaches and physical trainers to design appropriate, efficient and safe workouts . They also work directly with athletes to acquire correct execution technique in the sport in question. And finally, they design the post-training plan so that athletes have the best possible rest and recovery.
On the other hand, when the athlete already has an injury, the physiotherapist has to design the treatment plan . In the world of professional sports, physiotherapists are often under pressure to execute the treatment plan in the shortest time possible but to ensure that the player is recovered from his injury. As long as there is not so much pressure in the world of amateur sports, the sports physiotherapist will find a great disparity of people, in very different physical conditions and of a wide range of ages.
WHAT TO STUDY TO BE A SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPIST?
To become a sports physiotherapist you have to specialize, the first of all is to study a degree in physiotherapy . At the end of the degree, you should think about specializing in sports physio. At the European University, we offer you several options so that you can combine your studies with other professional or personal commitments. With the Online or face-to-face Sports Physiotherapy Master , you will obtain the necessary knowledge for the prevention and recovery of injuries derived from sports practice.
With a high-quality faculty and experts in their fields, you will study a broad curriculum that prepares you to be successful in whatever sector you choose. Some of the modules are:
- Prevention and promotion of health in sport
- Evaluation through clinical reasoning and functional diagnosis.
- Immediate attention in emergency situations in sport.
- Rehabilitation, functional recovery and physical-sports rehabilitation, setting short, medium and long-term objectives, with objective measurements.
- Discharge program and final evaluation of the athlete’s injury.
THE PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES OF A SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPIST
With the skills learned in the master or Sports Physiotherapy and Artificial Intelligence Course, you will become an expert in sports physiotherapy and you will be able to develop professionally as a physiotherapist in:
- Sport clubs
- Sports federations
- High performance centers
- Private centers
- As a physiotherapist for elite athletes
STUDY PHYSIOTHERAPY AT THE EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY
If you are passionate about physiotherapy but you have not yet decided in which area you would like to specialize, in addition to sports physiotherapy programs, we also offer a portfolio of physiotherapy courses in other areas, such as:
- COURSE IN ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF THE FASCIAL SYSTEM
- RESPIRATORY PHYSIOTHERAPY COURSE MADRID
- COURSE IN RESPIRATORY PHYSIOTHERAPY VALENCIA
- COURSE IN MUSCULOSKELETAL ULTRASOUND IN PHYSIOTHERAPY