sports therapy Course

Sports Therapy Course Contents

1. Welcome

  • Injury statistics, facts and figures.
  • The developing role of the sports therapist
  • Relations with other professionals and health care workers.
  • Where you fit into the team.
  • Proactive management of health and fitness.
  • Injury prevention. Warming up. Stretching. Wind down.
  • How to conduct a fitness assessment. Out of condition players.

2. Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology

  • Anatomy, physiology and kinesiology.
  • How the body heals.
  • Injuries: acute versus chronic.
  • Returning to sport after injury. When is it safe to return?

3. Assessing and Managing Sports Injuries

  • Clinical tests. Assessing range of movement and power.
  • Diagnosis. Prognosis.
  • RICE treatment
  • Contra-indications and precautions
  • Inflammation
  • Sprains and strains
  • Blisters
  • Cuts
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Head injuries
  • First aid. Infection control.

4. Sports Injuries to the Extremities

  • Identifying sports injuries to the knee and leg. Remedies.
  • Sports injuries to the arm, elbow and hand. Remedies.

5. Sports Injuries to the Trunk

  • Sports injuries of the shoulder. Remedies
  • Sports injuries to the head and neck. Remedies.
  • Sports injuries of the back. Remedies.

6. Injuries and injury prevention in specific sports

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Running
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Cycling
  • Basketball, Netball, Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Yoga

7. Bandaging, Taping, Bracing and Strapping of Injuries

  • Practise makes perfect
  • Types of strapping tape
  • Taping techniques
  • Figure of eight strapping

8. Temperature therapy. Electrotherapy. Hydrotherapy.

  • Temperature therapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy treatment and exercise
  • TNS and TENS treatments

9. Massage Therapy

  • Massage
  • Soft tissue manipulation methods

10. Nutrition Therapy

  • Energy production
  • Energy storage
  • Energy requirements
  • Muscle fibres
  • Competition nutrition
  • Supplements

11. Communication Skills

  • Communication skills
  • Counselling
  • Motivation
  • Leadership skills

12. Being a Sports Therapist

  • Keeping records.
  • Referring clients
  • Ethical issues
  • Continuing Professional Development

13. Finance and Legal

  • Setting up with a small budget
  • Types of Businesses
  • Business plan
  • Insurance
  • Tax
  • What to charge
  • Keeping books

14. How to Find Clients

  • Websites
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Referrals