Sports physiotherapy focuses on helping people get back to the sports they love and enjoy after getting injured. Sports physio requires an understanding of movement patterns in different sports and knowing how to give exercises and treatment that help you get back to that sport.
What is the difference between a physio and a sports physio?
A physio and a sports physio is actually very similar. Both do similar training and can even do the exact same treatment approach however sports physios may have more experience working with sports-related injuries as they may have worked in sports clubs and can better understand the needs of an athlete.
Sports Physio Conditions
A sports physio usually treats specific types of sports injuries. These can include:
- ACL injuries
- Hamstring tears
- Orthopaedic surgery rehab
- Meniscus tear
- Ligament tears
Sports Physiotherapy Treatment
Sports physiotherapy treatment is quite simple and can help people get back to the sports they enjoy. This can include:
- Hands-on treatment to loosen up stiff joints
- Dry needling and massage to calm down tight muscles
- Strengthening exercises
- Sports exercises that mimic your sports movement patterns
- Giving exercises that prevent re-injury
- Sports psychology and sports doctor network referrals
Should I see a normal physio or sports physio?
A normal physio can be well-equipped to treat sports injuries and can get some amazing results. We believe the best way to find the right physio for your sports injury is by looking at a physio's community reputation. Usually, great physios have a fan following as people know how good and popular a great physio is. We suggest that people do some researc by look at google reviews and asking your friends and family who they see.
A misconception is that a sports physiotherapist needs to work at a sports club. This is often untrue. Most sports physios just work in a clinic but are highly sought after by sports people to treat their injuries. These can be people in the AFL, NPL, EDFL, Basketball and Netball Leagues.