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Sports Therapy Assignment 2000-2001 Level 2 Sport and Exercise Science Year 2 Focusing on a sport of your choice use contemporary theory to critically discuss how a sports therapist could contribute towards the education injury prevention and rehabilitation of the sports participants Provide examples of practice to support your theoretical argument Wordage 2500 Introduction Physiotherapy Kinesiology is essentially the study of human movement The question How a man moves is an important question for a physiotherapist Therefore as a physiotherapist it is not enough to just register that a movement has occurred but as Galley and Forster 1982 suggest rather how the movement was produced if it was normal and if not what was the cause of the abnormality and what must be done to correct or improve it It is only with this analysis that a physiotherapist can plan an appropriate program to help restore normal function prevent deterioration and to use to advantage what remaining movement the patient has so that all possible independence is gained A physiotherapist is actively involved in the evaluation treatment and prevention of sports injuries Taylor and Taylor 1988 P12 The importance of a physiotherapist is none more important than in a sports context As sport with all its inherent risks leads to injury at one time or another for nearly all participants Physicians physiotherapists and athletics trainers are responsible for the health and safety of sports participants These individuals are essential in the prevention recognition assessment management and rehabilitation of sports injuries Anderson and Hall 1995 P5 Furthermore as Anderson and Hall also suggest that these individuals serve as a valuable resource to educate and counsel sports participants to prevent chronic degenerative injuries and dieseses through lifelong activity-related fitness and health education The study of human movement in all its forms may be conducted from many points of view all
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