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Sports Therapist


Jacqui Willatts
BSc Hons


What is Sports Therapy, you may well ask?

It is the treatment of soft tissue injury such strains, sprains and muscle tears. Many of these are received while participating in sport.

What does the treatment involve?

Mostly the use of sports massages and manipulation, ultra-sound may also be used in some instances. Advice is given on rehabilitation and a return to training - it is very important to establish the cause of the injury if it is not obvious. Prevention is always better than cure, both from my client’s point of view and mine. I suggest a sports massage every four weeks to try and avoid potential injuries as regular treatments help avoid over use injuries, one of the most common injury problems.

A great number of top sports stars use sports massage as part of their training two or three times a week. For the majority of us this is not affordable, but once every four weeks makes it more viable. This time period usually enables me to keep on top of most potential problems.

Why use a Sport Therapist?

Sports Therapists are specifically trained to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate sports injuries. Many sports injuries may need specialist
knowledge of the specific mechanism by which they are caused within a particular sport. Sports Therapists are taught to recognise these causes of injury within sport and use this knowledge to produce the correct diagnosis. Rehabilitation of sports injuries is extremely important, especially to a sports person who does not want to miss too much training, or whose role is of significance, especially in team sports. Sports Therapists are specifically trained to rehabilitate injuries in relation to the sport, integrating the sport into the rehabilitation program.

Sports Therapists are also taught a great deal of sports science and therefore have a good understanding of how the body reacts to exercise and how these reactions differ with age and/or exercise type. This knowledge therefore is not only useful with diagnosis, but is also essential to the rehabilitation process and therefore specific exercises can be prescribed to cater for both the sport and the individual.

Sports Therapists also have knowledge in other relevant areas, such as Sports Nutrition and Sports Psychology. These areas of understanding may also be drawn upon when dealing with a sports injury.


sports therapist Jackie Pacey


jackie Pacey Sports Massage Therapist Hyde Barker Health
Jacqui Willats
BSc Hons

Helpful information:
sports massage association

uk sports therapy



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