Why sports team need a physiotherapist as part of effective management

A sports team may be a career point for the players, but it is an investment to the stakeholders. It, therefore, needs proper administration and management.

Physiotherapists most of the times go unnoticed when it comes to their initial form, both physically and emotionally. Sports physical therapy is a combination of different activities which involve;

  • Prevention

    The sports physical therapists try to cause injuries during matches. They recommend necessary precautions during games. In most teams they notice overuse injuries before they get out of hand.

  • Recovery

    The sports physical therapy department is in charge of player recovery after injuries. The sports physical therapists make an emotional and physical connection for the quick recovery of the athlete.

  • Sports rehabilitation

    After the injured player has undergone sports physical therapy, it is their duty to play again or not.

  • Research

    Sports physical therapists spend most of their time researching on sports rehabilitation techniques and new ways of handling the emotional trauma of an injury.

  • Teaching

    Sports Physical therapists work hand in hand with the sports trainers to recommend the right physical exercise for the team.

Here are some reasons that make physiotherapy a vital part of the team management.

Hip injuries require the services of an arthroscopy. They can identify compensation patterns that arise from injury. Certain secondary compensation patterns are, however, more persistent. Physiotherapists come to stay in contact with sports physical therapists after an injury treatment.

Most sports injuries depend on physical therapy after surgery. The therapists offer post surgery sports rehabilitation, to muscle pulling.

Physical therapists are taxed with proper care for musculoskeletal injuries. They spend more time with the players monito the field.

Physiotherapists conduct general movement, and strength assessments for recuperating players. They take the time to avoid situations of recurrent pain.

Sports physical therapy focuses on the complete resto shape, because of fear of returning where they got injured. Physical therapy deals with these concerns by recommending preventative measures, performance enhancement techniques, and the right warm up procedures.

Some sports physical therapy uses a hands-on approach that focuses on flexibility and strengthening core muscles to take care of the deficiencies identified during physical exams. Such treatments involve strengthening weak points in the body that may cause a problem.

Physiotherapists are in charge of assessing the fitness of players after a match and clearing them for the next. They notice small injuries that require immediate attention and those that may take longer to treat. Such observations help team managers, plan and prepare for the next games.

Physical therapists liaise with the team management in the provision of health services for players. They identify other medical consultants and surgeons to collaborate with as the team’s medical staff. Together they personalize the treatment and care of each player.

Most players require prophylactic strapping during games. The straps offer kinetic taping which activates muscles. It is the responsibility of physiotherapists on a team to strap it on them the right way, for maximum efficiency before a game. Prophylactics can cause damage if not properly used by exerting excess pressure on body parts.

The administrative unit of any team has to get a replacement.

It is clear that the services of physiotherapists in a sports team go beyond physical fitness. There emotional and physical contributions are fundamental to decisions made when releasing and bring in new players. Despite such a critical responsibility, they ensure the team members are at optimum fitness for great success.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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