Sports physiotherapist

Sports physiotherapists diagnose and treat sports injuries.

Annual Salary

£23,000 to £45,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37.5 to 40

Future employment

There will be 5% more Sports physiotherapist jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

You’ll work with top professional sports people, amateurs or people who do sports as a leisure activity. You could specialise in a particular sport, or in a particular aspect of physiotherapy, like rehabilitation.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • examining and diagnosing injuries
  • planning treatment programmes
  • using methods like manipulation, massage and electrotherapy
  • giving advice on how to avoid sports injuries
  • keeping records of patient's treatment and progress
  • giving accurate timescales for when players may be able to play again

You’ll need:

  • a physiotherapy degree approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • professional registration as a chartered physiotherapist
  • a relevant master’s degree
  • 1 to 2 years’ work experience as a physiotherapist
  • a good understanding of sports training methods

It may help if you have experience with a local or amateur team in the sport you’re interested in.

You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

£23,000 to £45,000

Starter salary: £23,000 (private sector) to Ê£26,000 (public sector)

Experienced salary: £30,000 (private sector) to £32,000 (public sector)

Sports physiotherapists working with high profile athletes can earn much more.

These figures are a guide.

37.5 to 40

You’ll usually work evenings and weekends as you’ll need to be at training sessions and competitions in the UK or abroad. You’ll often need to spend time away from home.

When on tour with a team, you may work up to 16 hours a day.

With experience, you could teach physiotherapy to university students, or set up your own sports physiotherapy clinic.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication skills
  • experience in the treatment and management of sports injuries
  • the ability to educate, advise and motivate people
  • good organisational and administration skills
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