Physiotherapy Vs Sports Therapy

We get a lot of questions about the difference between physiotherapy and sports therapy. As a sports therapist we regularly get referred to as a physio or sports physio, but really what is the difference? Below is the definition for both physiotherapist and sports therapist from the respective websites. 


“Physiotherapists deal with human function and movement and help people to achieve their full physical potential. They use physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore wellbeing.” (Health and Care Professions Council website 2018)


"Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and fitness, regardless of age and ability" (The Society of Sports Therapists website 2018)  

Both of these definitions will sound similar because physiotherapists and Sports Therapists both train for three years full time to be able to treat musculoskeletal conditions.

If people don't know what they need then they will generally search for Exeter physiotherapist but a sports therapist is equally well trained to get you the results that you need.


  • Train for 3 years full time at University.

  • Highly trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions.  

  • Treatment normally involves the prescription of exercises 

Sports Therapy 

  • Train for 3 years full time at University 

  • Highly trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions.  

  • Here at Exeter Sports Therapy treatment generally includes a combination of joint mobilisations, laser therapy or therapeutic ultrasound, massage, acupuncture, advice and rehab exercises. 


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