Sports therapy

Gain the specialist skills and knowledge required to work as a sports therapist.

Sports therapy

Sports therapists help sport and exercise participants prevent, recognise and manage injuries; empowering everyone to achieve their full sporting potential.

Sports therapists have a wide range of skills. Drawing on the core principles of sport and exercise core, sports therapy primarily deals with prevention of injury and rehabilitation. Sports therapists respond immediately to injuries, can assess, treat and refer for specialist advice, give remedial sport massages and plan rehabilitation programmes.

At Essex, our sports therapy students work as a supervised sports therapist on placement, gaining real-life experience and confidence using the skills and knowledge taught to become an autonomous practitioner. You will also develop a range of treatment options including electrotherapy, exercise and manual skills.

In your first few weeks you complete a first aid qualification, and then go onto provide pitch-side first aid for all SU sport teams. In your second year, you can provide post-race massages and support at numerous sporting events such as the London Marathon and Ride London. And in your final year, you work in our Sports Therapy Clinic; assessing, treating and prescribing rehabilitation programmes to real clients. Practical experience is essential, so we ensure you graduate ready for the professional world with a wealth of experience behind you.

Career opportunities range from working in a sports injury or clinic to working as a therapist for a sport clubs or sportsperson, both professional and amateur. Graduates are also eligible to register as a professional sports therapist with the Society of Sports Therapist. 

Why study here?
  • You have access to our professional, state-of-the-art research equipment.
  • Many of our athletes receive sports scholarships worth over £2,500 plus a support package.
  • Take advantage of our brand new multi-million pound Essex Sport Arena.
"Essex provides the best possible experience with regard to treating a variety of different athletes with a range of injuries and conditions. I have also had the opportunity to act as a first aider for both men's and women's rugby performance teams, which has benefited me academically and socially."
Annabel Semmence BSc Sports Therapy
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Make a difference to the lives of people.

As the health and fitness industry in the UK continues to thrive, society is becoming more aware of their bodies and physical impairment. Consequently, sports therapists are in high demand, and there is a great opportunity now to develop new knowledge. In our multidisciplinary School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, we offer research supervision in all areas of staff expertise in sports therapy and related areas.

Our graduates go on to work with a wide spectrum of sporting populations from recreational athletes through to elite international performers in both clinical and management positions. Our graduates work in a large number of areas including professional and semi sporting organisations, private practice, local trusts, hospitals and care organisations.

A research degree doesn't have a taught structure, giving you the chance to investigate your chosen topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding. In communicating that new understanding, you have a rare opportunity to generate knowledge and develop new high-level skills that will enhance your professional development and build new networks.

Research study will allow you to work alongside internationally recognised academics by collaborating on campus, using facilities such as our Human Performance Unit and Sports Therapy Clinic. Our multidisciplinary approach also means that you will be able to work in the field with external partners and other departments. 

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