19/07/2021

Categories: Sport, Sport Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, Undergradute

5 Physiotherapy Techniques used by Top Sports Stars

No matter what level a sport is played at, from the junior under 12s rugby team to a premier league footballer, injuries can happen. They do not discriminate from one player to another, and whilst some sports injuries can be relatively minor and simply need cleaning up, there are others that will be more severe.

 

This is where sports physiotherapy is vital for ensuring the continued well-being of sports stars. There are a number of physiotherapy techniques that are used for some of the more common injuries our sportsmen and women face. Getting the right treatment can mean the difference between a triumphant return to the sport they love, or a frustrating season on the side-lines.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

An important sports physiotherapy technique, musculoskeletal physiotherapy is a specialised area that treats conditions and injuries that affect soft tissue, joints and muscles. This could be conditions like muscle strains and ligament sprains; all common injuries that occur for a lot of top sports stars as a result of gruelling training sessions and competitions.

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Acupuncture

During an acupuncture session, sterile needles are inserted into specific parts of the body in order to help relieve symptoms and pain. This is one of those physiotherapy techniques that must only be undertaken by someone who has had the appropriate training. It can, however, be very beneficial to sports stars for a range of injuries.

Aqua Therapy

Sometimes referred to as hydrotherapy, this method of physiotherapy involves rehabilitation and exercise in water. This is an ideal treatment for muscle and joint injuries that need treatment over a longer period of time. The water provides an environment that can support the weight of the body and help it to relax. This is also one of those physiotherapy techniques that can provide pain relief.

Exercise Therapy

Exercise can be used to help those with injuries to improve their flexibility, movement and more importantly, to recover the strength that they may have lost as a result of an injury. With a carefully tailored exercise therapy programme, sports stars can see a reduction in both long and short-term pain.

Infrared Heat and Light

One of the newer treatments on the block, infrared heat and light therapy is a non-drug, non-invasive treatment that can help to stimulate the natural healing mechanisms of the body. This type of treatment can be very beneficial for pain in the joints, in particular the knees.

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BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at the University of Bolton – Therapy for the Future

If you are considering a future in sports but would prefer something a little less in the spotlight than becoming a sporting star, Physiotherapy may be the right choice for you. A degree can help you learn the techniques and skills that could help you to help sports stars do what they do best, even after injury.

At the University of Bolton, we offer an undergraduate BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course that will teach you the skills you need for a rewarding career in sports physiotherapy or a number of different fields within the medical profession.

The University of Bolton has been voted in the Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the second year running*. Our high-quality educational provision and welcoming, inclusive environment could help you truly enjoy #UniAsItShouldBe.

If you would like to learn more about the university or our physiotherapy course, we are here to chat with you. You can contact our team of friendly advisors on +44 (0)1204 900 600 or simply message enquiries@bolton.ac.uk with any queries you might have.

 

*The Times and Sunday Times 2021, 2020

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