A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SPORTS & REHABILITATION THERAPIST
Joe’s treatment room is a dedicated space in a gym or (running) retail outlet or sports clubhouse. In addition to hands on treatment, Joe also carries out Functional Movement Screening for athletes and recently purchased a GAIT analysis machine which he uses to analyse their biomechanics. Prior to this he used a simple system by taking video footage with an iPad and uploading it to a free software app that enabled slow motion replay. The new machine is much more accurate. He prescribes orthotics for athletes whose foot mechanics need support.
Joe gets referrals from the local running store (and refers his patients and athlete friends to the store for footwear). He also gets referrals from the coach of a local triathlon club, also a patient of his. His connection with this coach has opened up avenues for treating cyclists and swimmers too. Joe leverages his network of contacts within the running fraternity (as he is a keen runner and running club member himself). Joe frequently runs information evenings (in a variety of locations) dealing with injury prevention & recovery and touching on areas such as hydration, nutrition and the psychology of post sport-injury and recovery. Some of these are paid and some unpaid.
Joe attends training sessions for his running club which involves Tuesday (adults) & Thursday (juveniles) evenings from 6pm to 8:30pm. He sometimes supervises the warmups when the coach is late and discusses injury niggles or concerns with individual athletes. He is available after training to support athletes who have picked up an injury or those returning to training following injury. The main function here is to provide a level of expertise and advice and to encourage these athletes to make appointments with him at his clinic. No treatment takes place at the training sessions but he does leverage his first aid skills if/when someone picks up an acute injury. Occasionally, he is asked to strap/tape joints for support ahead of training or competition. He has essentially created a role for himself as the resident injury and injury prevention expert. This club involvement is unpaid but Joe counts it as marketing for his business. Joe has recently engaged with a newly qualified Sports Therapist who has agreed to provide post event sports massage (at the training site) for athletes after training. This is on the understanding that all injuries are referred to Joe.