Physiotherapists help people who are active. That means that if you are just getting started with regular physical activity, you play intramural sports, or you’re an elite, Olympic-level athlete, physiotherapy can help. Your sport physiotherapist has skills that are the standard in elite athlete care.
Any injury that occurred while you were being active is called a sports injury. This might be a sprained ankle from playing soccer, or a repetitive stress injury from running (lower body) or swimming (upper body).
Physiotherapists with specialized sport physiotherapy education from Sport Physiotherapy Canada, can help athletes rehabilitate. This includes:
Sport physiotherapists can diagnose your injury and assist you with a safe, effective return to play rehabilitation program. They will:
Sport physiotherapists understand the biomechanics of sport and the underlying causes of injuries. This allows them to better understand your injury and how to get you back to play. Your physiotherapy appointments will consist of:
Sport physiotherapists have post-graduate education and training with a focus on the athlete and all the needs of an athlete. Look for a sport physiotherapist with the credentials “Certificate” or “Diploma” in Sport Physiotherapy. Sport Physiotherapists work with national teams across Canada, including the National Hockey League, Canadian Olympic Committee, and any other major or minor games teams such as Commonwealth Games and the Canada Summer & Winter games teams. You will also find us on the sidelines of local club and recreational sport teams.
Sport Physiotherapists teach at most Canadian Physiotherapy Schools.
Sport physiotherapists are the best resource to return to sport following an injury.
This content was created by the Sport Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association