Sports physical therapy is a branch of physical therapy that focuses on the various types of injuries commonly associated with athletics. While all physical therapists are qualified to treat most sports injuries, more severe injuries often require the expertise of a specialist.
A specialist can help an individuals return to their favorite activity by first assessing the cause and nature of the injury and then developing an appropriate plan of care to help the patient get back to participating in their sport. Sports injuries can be hard to properly diagnose, and what may seem like a simple fracture or sprain at first can turn out to be far more complex. Surgery can often be avoided by working with your certified sports specialist. There are about 2,000 Sports certified specialists in the country and Physio has one.
In order to become a specialist, a therapist must have completed at least 2,000 hours of direct patient care as a licensed United States physical therapist in a sports medicine clinic. Direct patient care must include activities in each of the elements of patient/client management applicable to the specialty area