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Post 3: Kinesiology Taping- Adema Taping

A method of taping is known to be Edema taping.

It has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatments and modalities within your clinic and is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases on an injury as well as being used for preventative measures.

There are many ways to which Kinesiology taping can be used. The picture above shows what style of taping can be used for Achilles injuries and possible tight calves. The pink tape is located on each of the gastrocnemius heads to support them and allow the blood to be able to circulate around that surrounding area. Some of the benefits that Kinesiology tape provides is that it has structural support to injured areas of the body- the Achilles for example. Kinesiology tape works in the way to which it lifts the skin, the tape has similar properties to skin. kinesiology tape works as a swelling reduction to which it creates drainage systems that allow swelling and bruising to heal quicker.

Another method that tape gets used with both athletes and the general public is that it has psychological benefits.

Post 2: What does it mean to be a professional in Sports Therapy and the skills and attributes you need to develop to become and effective professional in Sports Therapy?

Being a professional within sports therapy means they need to have specific criteria to support themselves for future practicing. Following this, a quality that they need is whether they have a sports therapy organisation membership (STO). Having an STO membership will mean that they can develop around their qualification and build from what they already know. To support my viewpoint, (Webster 2017) states that professionalism is, “the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or person.” The characteristics of a professional is someone who shows awareness of being prepared, both physically and mentally. Having the ability to prepare themselves before and after a client, for example the return-to-play stage for a client (Menta et al 2016). They are providing a service to achieve optimum fitness and progression. Furthermore, a professional sports therapist would maintain a positive attribution style in any given situation – this being any of the following; problem-solving, learning and pressurised situations.

There are many attributes and skills that sports therapists have acquired during training and experience which allow them to establish a high standard of professionalism. Within this paragraph I and going to discuss the attribute of communication and interpersonal skills. By providing the desired level of communication, you are increasing the levels of interaction, confidence and positive mind-sets through your relations with your clients (Thomas J. Socha & Gary A. Beck, 2015). Strong levels of communication provided from a therapist alleviates the possibility of isolation and also creating a distance with an individuals identity. (Lattimore 2017)

Having communication as a sports therapist is effective, as it allows both clients and therapists to be able to open to one another. Eye contact from a sports therapist shows confidence, therefore engaging with their client. This shows that as a therapist you are focused on the client and paying full attention to the client’s individual needs. A result of this, is that a professional relationship is formed. From this we can see that communication is essential to build information around the client and create an effective treatment based on their individual needs. A sports therapist can determine the specific diagnosis through information provided by the client (communication between both the sports therapist and the client) and their own personal viewpoint after assessing the injury. (Keith Ward et al, 2016)

As a follow on from this, it is important that a sports therapist provides high quality and knowledgeable information around the subject area/the client’s situational requirements. Having a broad subject knowledge and experience in various situations/treatments can provide the individual in need, with specific and detailed solutions. The sports therapist shows a high understanding of what the client’s situation is and what needs to be done to establish progressions.

A final skill that is required to become an effective professional is time management. Being punctual and alert before a client has their session shows professionalism and organisation. Having time management provides stability to the client indicating that their therapist will commit to them fully and give adequate timings to each session. For example, they won’t run over a session or finish a session before it is over. This may cause a client to reconsider a returning visit.

Reference list:

Thomas J. Socha & Gary A. Beck. (2015) Positive Communication and Human Needs: A Review and Proposed Organizing Conceptual Framework. Review of Communication. Vol. 15, No. 3: 173-199.

Ward, K, et al. (2016) Routledge Handbook of Sports Therapy, Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation. Oxon: Routledge.

Webster, M. (2017) Definition of Professionalism. [Online] Available from: [accessed 02 November 2017].

Lattimore, D. (2017) On the sidelines : An athlete’s persepctive of injury recovery. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review. Vol. 13, No. 2: 13.

Menta, R. and D’Angelo, K. (2016) Challenges surrounding return-to-play (RTP) for the sports clinician: A case highlighting the need for a throrough three-step RTP model . Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association . Vol. 60, No. 4: 311-321.



Post 1: the difference between a Physio and a Sports therapist

There are many differences that people tend to get confused about with sports therapist and physiotherapists.

The short answer is that both professions are trained and insured to treat musculoskeletal disorders back but there are some key differences in their training and approach.

Both Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists are highly educated in dealing with musculoskeletal disorders, treating pain and injury through hands-on treatment modalities, rehabilitation and patient education. Both focus on restoring, maintaining and maximising movement, relieving pain and increasing quality of life.

Both therapists possess the skills and knowledge to:

  • Assess and diagnose injuries
  • Deliver a personalised treatment plan to maximise movement and physical independence
  • Teach patients how to reduce pain and manage chronic injuries
  • Implement rehabilitation programmes
  • Teach patients how to stay fit and well

Some of the shared treatment approaches used to aid recovery include:

  • Massage, body work and mobilisations
  • Electrotherapy modalities
  • Taping
  • Varied stretching techniques
  • Biomechanics analysis
  • Acupuncture
  • Patient education
  • Exercise prescription

Physiotherapist or Sports Therapist?