On this course you will learn to assess trauma, attend to injuries, provide sports massage and create rehabilitation programmes.
Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST), this course examines the musculoskeletal system, exercise physiology, treatment and rehabilitation skills with an emphasis on performance incorporating sports science principles. On completion, you are eligible for full SST membership allowing you to practise as a Sports Therapist in a wide variety of settings.
With access to a dedicated Sports Therapy Clinic, you’ll learn in fully-equipped sports therapy suites, and physiology and biomechanics labs, which feature gold-standard equipment such as Alter G treadmill, Isokinetic Dynamometry, bod-pod and Vicon 3D motion analysis. We have partnerships with a number of local sports clubs and clinics to facilitate hands-on experience, including Coventry City, Leicester Lions, Old Silhillians RFC, Bury FC and Wasps.
This course prepares you for a range of employment opportunities as a Sports Therapist.
Containing a mix of practice and theory, you will learn to critically analyse scientific information and evidence, gaining a sound understanding of the techniques and methods required by sports therapy practitioners.
Why choose this course?
Sports therapists use sport and exercise principles to optimise sport preparation and injury risk management within recreational, training and competitive environments. Able to assess trauma, they often give first aid, attend to injuries and provide sports massage pre- and post-activity, implementing appropriate rehabilitation programmes and referring patients on for specialist advice and intervention when appropriate.
Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists (SST), our degree provides the essential foundations of knowledge and develops your clinical practice skills, putting you in an excellent position for future careers within the therapy profession.
Our experienced faculty includes academics and practitioners with professional experiences; many of whom have worked as clinicians in professional sports and remain active in clinical practice. With research expertise covering injury risk management, evaluation of treatment interventions, nutrition, physiology and psychology, they undertake a wide range of research and consultancy work with external clients such as Coventry City Academy and Wasps RFC, providing our students with opportunities to work alongside them.
You will engage with ‘live’ clients from the second year onwards in our on-site sports therapy clinic and as immediate responders offering ‘pitch-side’ first aid support to our student teams and organisations such as Coventry Rugby Club. We also attend external events like the GB transplant games, Coventry Half Marathon, Varsity and Leicester Rowing Regatta, which provide further scope for clinical practice experience.
International experience opportunities
Our sandwich degree option allows a full-year work placement, which can be taken abroad, or you can undertake a study-year abroad.
The University runs several specific schemes to allow you periods of overseas study or work experience and you can apply for grants to support such visits. The overseas study can be undertaken via the Employability and Placement Unit and students can elect to undertake a study abroad or work experience year after their second year of study. Students in our School have been successful in securing places in Spain, France, Canada and the US. The Society of Sports Therapists (SST) also runs a travelling scholarship scheme for student members, which enables successful applicants to work abroad in various clinics or educational establishments.
We also try to ensure there is an international perspective to course content and have previously visited the World Transplant Games in Argentina and participated in online international learning (Oil) projects with places such as Hong Kong.
Accreditation from the Society of Sports Therapists means that on graduation you will be qualified to work as a sports therapist with professional teams, clubs or private clinics. Alternatively, you can access appropriate additional training to support professional football and rugby.
The course includes a substantial amount of sport science, which can allow you to move into other careers in the leisure and sport area, such as management or service delivery in sport and leisure centres. If you are more interested in the medical and health applications of exercise science, you could go on to work within cardiac and other rehabilitation teams within the National Health Service (NHS) or with local councils within sports development or exercise for health schemes.