Sports therapy

​​What is sports therapy?

Sports therapy is one of the fastest growing careers in the sports and healthcare sector. Similar to physiotherapy, it is the work required to diagnose, treat and prevent injuries by implementing rehabilitation programmes to restore full fitness in the field of sports, exercise and health.

Do I need to do a sports therapy university degree course?

Although you do not need to study a sports therapy degree to practise as a sports therapist in the UK, many jobs ask for a degree level qualification. Studying Sports Therapy will enable you to gain membership with the society of sports therapists. This membership is important for members of the public looking for sports therapists so they can be secure in the knowledge that the person treating them has undergone relevant training and has the necessary skills and knowledge to apply any appropriate treatment or give advice.

What sports therapy degrees are available?

You can study sports therapy at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. At the University of Gloucestershire we offer a bachelor of science sports therapy degree (undergraduate), as well as a master of science sports therapy degree (postgraduate).

Usually you would study for an undergraduate degree after finishing your A-Levels, BTEC's or equivalent qualifications, and a postgraduate or masters degree after you have graduated from an undergraduate course.

Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)

Our undergraduate Sports Therapy BSc (Hons) course is underpinned by sports science disciplines and will equip you with the skills to prevent, assess and rehabilitate sports injuries. You'll get the opportunity to work with touring international teams, and will also gain experience with medicine professionals such as sports doctors, orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists and chiropractors.

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Sports Therapy MSc

Our Sports Therapy MSc course is highly practical and will equip you with a unique set of skills within the field of sports science, preparing you for a rewarding career in an exciting and emerging profession. The course is designed to prepare sports science graduates to work as graduate sports therapists, delivering a full set of competncies within the elite and amateur sectors, from soft tissue therapies and joint mobilisations, to pitch-side first aid, taping and strapping.

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What sports therapy jobs will I be able to do?

Most sports therapy graduates would go on to work as a sports therapist. This could be within a range of environments from treating elite athletes to teaching specialist exercise groups. As a sports therapist you are usually part of wider team of trainers, managers and doctors. Jobs are available throughout the UK. If you work with sports teams you’ll need to be prepared to travel nationally and possibly internationally.

Sports therapists help their patients in a number of ways including:

  • Giving massages and applying strapping and taping techniques to provide support
  • Examining and assessing injuries
  • Designing and implementing rehabilitation and detox programmes
  • Giving first aid if required
  • Helping to prepare athletes mentally and physically
  • Accompanying injured athletes to appointments

Most sports therapists are self employed. Typical employers include sports injury clinics, professional and amateur sports teams or clubs, health and fitness clubs and sports and leisure centres. Sports therapists may also go on to work in other sport related roles such as teaching, coaching, personal training, exercise physiology or sports development.

What does the sports therapy university course consist of?

A sports therapy degree course would often include modules such as anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, manual therapy of peripheral joints, rehabilitation of sports injuries and injury management and therapeutic modalities. You will focus on the management of injuries for maximum sports performance, including the prevention, assessment and rehabilitation of injuries. You will also develop skills such as sports massage, advanced injury diagnosis, joint mobilisations and rehabilitation.

Why should someone choose University of Gloucestershire for their sports therapy degree?

Our sports courses are in the UK top 20 for graduate prospects (Guardian University Guide 2020) and the sports therapy (BSC hons) course was rated 92% for overall satisfaction by our students. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to work with touring international teams. Students have previously worked with Tonga and Samoa Rugby Union and Team Malawi Olympic athletes. You’ll treat athletes from our professional sports teams, international sports scholars and members of the public including local firefighter and police officers. 

You’ll learn in fully-equipped ped sports therapy suites, physiology and biomechanics labs, with gold-standard equipment such as full-body vacuum mattresses, diagnostic ultrasound, RS footscan, body-pod and Vicon 3D motion analysis.

The next steps

Interested in studying sports therapy at university and applying for one of our sports therapy courses? Applications for undergraduate sports therapy degrees are made through UCAS, while applications for postgraduate sports therapy​ degrees are made directly to the university. You can find out more about applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree using the links below, where you’ll also find details about how to get in touch with our admissions team if you have any further questions.

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