Sports Rehabilitation Training
Training is very important in any area but such needs to be suitable training. Proper training equips one with the necessary skills and techniques necessary for addressing and solving problems that arise in a particular area. As more sports personalities become health conscious and want to be active for a long time, sports rehabilitation has become very necessary. Contrary to common misconception, rehabilitation in sports is not restricted to treating injured athletes but rather covers prevention of injuries.
Sports rehabilitation training is a very challenging training program that addresses particular health issues relating to athletes. The training program is challenging because of the varied sports disciplines that present different health challenges. In many jurisdictions, rehabilitation training is strictly regulated, with training offered at different levels. Training authorities in different jurisdictions have developed training programs from certificate level to diploma, higher diploma and degree level. Those wishing to receive the training are obligated to meet training entry requirements for admission. In most jurisdictions, those wishing to receive training at degree level must have high qualifications in science subjects.
Te training covers different areas including sports exercises, injury prevention, musculoskeletal screening and postural assessment. These are divided into different training modules that a trainee has to cover in three years for award of a degree. Sports rehabilitation training is not however restricted to the indicated areas. One also receives training in sports nutrition, physiotherapy and biomechanics. At the end of training, a sports rehabilitator is expected to be able to:
- Help prevent sports injuries in athletes placed under their care by providing education on the safe ways to undertake sports exercises.
- Diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries in athletes.
- Apply appropriate rehabilitation techniques in treating injured athletes to enable them recover quickly to return to their sports activities.
- Uphold and maintain high standards in the course of his/her practice and in particular, dealing with different athletes.
Generally, sports rehabilitators are expected to conduct themselves the way doctors do; treat athletes in confidence and release any details of their injuries with their approval.
Like in other medical training courses, a sports rehabilitator does not go straight into practice upon graduation. A rehabilitator is obligated to practice under the supervision of a recognized and approved orthopedic specialist or consultant. Such placement is usually for one month. A qualified rehabilitator is obligated to practice under different orthopedic specialists before he/she is certified and approved to practice independently. Sports injury clinics, professional sports clubs and private practice are some of the environments qualified rehabilitators are engaged in.
Sports rehabilitation training does end at the degree level. The basic degree training opens up other avenues for additional training. Some sports rehabilitators have proceeded to undertaken further training, qualifying with Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Sports Injury Rehabilitation. Although there are many universities and other higher education training institutions around the world, very few offer rehabilitation in sports as a course. In any case, the universities and other institutions offering the training are mainly in developed countries. As demand for rehabilitation services in sports increases however, things are bound to change and many training institutions will certainly embrace rehabilitation in sports as a training course.