Sports physiotherapy includes but is not limited to treatment, diagnostics and assistance of athletes. Its target group comprises both recreational athletes and competitive sportsmen and –women during building phases, phases of training or during rehabilitation after injuries or surgery.
There are various therapeutical concepts, such as manual therapy and fascial therapy, sport-specific Gyrotonic or medical exercise therapy, all of which can be applied as measures of prevention or to improve athletic performance At this, an integral component is sports-specific training to build up at the areas of strength, mobility, speed, endurance, coordination and stabilisation. Within the realms of personal training, it should be part of an optimally functioning network consisting of athlete, trainer, physicians, sports osteopath and sports physiotherapist.
Sports physiotherapy also deals with the assistance in competition and preventive treatments. In order to decrease the maximum strain of structures and to avoid injuries, medical taping and feet bandages are often used to treat weaknesses in muscles and tendons.