Sports physiotherapy is a specialized type of physical therapy that targets the muscles and joints that suffer wear and tear due to stress from sports, versus conditions such as arthritis or another degenerative disease. Just about anyone who is physically active can benefit from sports physiotherapy, but it may be recommended for some athletes and those who are very active, in particular. Note who that is, so you can determine if you should see a sports physiotherapist and can know what to expect from such a therapist.

You do the same sport over and over

If you're very active, but you tend to mix up your routine, perhaps jogging one day and then biking another day, you may not be putting undue stress on any of your joints and muscles, as your body will get those alternative days to rest. However, if you always jog, or always play tennis, or only engage in one particular sport, this can mean constant stress on certain joints, tendons, and muscles, and these may suffer eventual damage. A sports physiotherapist can work those areas of the body in particular so that they can get strong and heal between sports sessions, avoiding that risk of injury.

You're noticing weakness

You may work out in order to strengthen certain areas of the body that are needed for your sport or activity, but still notice weakness in the joints or muscles. If so, you may want to see a physiotherapist. It may be that your posture or form is such that you're putting undue stress on that area of the body, or you may be suffering a minor injury from which your body hasn't healed properly. Whatever the case, a therapist can examine that area of the body and then create a therapy routine that will help you get your strength back.

You want to prepare

If you have a big match, marathon, or other special sporting event coming up, don't try to prepare for it alone. A trainer can help you to build strength, endurance and speed, but a physiotherapist can also ensure your muscles and joints are protected and strong enough for your event. A therapist can help those areas of the body stretch so they're limber and can receive even more blood, and also ensure that they're not overworked. This can help you to reduce the risk of injury as you increase your routine and work with your trainer to prepare for your event and help to improve your chances of being strong and ready for that match or marathon.