Sports therapy

CPD courses

CPD courses

We support continuing professional development (CPD) by offering a wide range of learning pathways to clinicians and health care professionals. We also offer an extensive range of bespoke workshops and courses which can be tailored to your exact needs.

Sports therapy is a relatively new profession that differs from other health professions such as physiotherapy or massage therapy. Sports therapy focuses on injury prevention and the rehabilitation of patients of any age to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports-specific fitness. It uses the principles of sport and exercise sciences, incorporating physiological and pathological processes, to prepare the participant for training, competition or work.

What is a sports therapist?

The Society of Sports Therapists (SST) defines a sports therapist as a healthcare professional who has the knowledge, skills and ability to:

  • utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance, preparation and injury prevention programmes
  • provide the immediate care of injuries and basic life support in a recreational, training and competitive environment
  • assess, treat and, where appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention
  • provide appropriate sport and remedial massage in a sport and exercise context
  • plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation programmes

Our BSc Sports Therapy

Our BSc Sports Therapy aims to provide you with the knowledge base to underpin your practical skills and expertise in order to become eligible to register as a sports therapist.

Placement year or year abroad

You can also study our BSc Sports Therapy over four years with a year spent in a placement. Alternatively, you can study over four years with a year spent studying at one of our partner institutions abroad.

Why study with us?

Sports therapy is not currently a protected title (as for example, physiotherapy) which means that anyone can call themselves a sports therapist. Employers and the public look to the Society of Sports Therapists (SST) to ensure that they find a therapist who is both properly qualified and insured.

We work closely with the SST to ensure that our course trains and educates our students to meets the five key areas of competency the Society looks for in their graduate members.

Research

We offer a number of professional doctorate and research courses which cover a variety of specialist areas within the health, social care and voluntary arenas.

Keeping you up to date

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