Corona-virus and training
at Sports Therapy UK


18th July 2020.

Following the recent relaxation of restrictions allowing sports massage and sports therapy services to resume we are delighted to report that similarly, the practical training linked to many of our courses has also successfully restarted.

All students attending practical training with us in the future will be required to conform with our Working Practise Covid-19 Policy which has been implemented utilising all practicable steps to safeguard the well-being of all our students and staff, as well as preventing the spread of the virus. This Policy and Self-Declaration form will be made available to students shortly before attending our practical training.

If you would like to view the steps we are taking to safeguard all those who visit our training centre, please see our Sports Therapy UK Covid-19 Safeguarding Policy by following the link at the foot of this page.

We are in close contact with our awarding body Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) and will continue to conform with their current educational criteria ensuring our students will be eligible for their chosen award upon successfully completing our course.

We remain fully committed to ensuring you have an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience fully supported by our tutors and all staff at Sports Therapy UK and we are look forward to welcoming you to our training centre.



View our Working Policy Document

The Treatment Room
Tips, tricks and advice for you as Sports Therapy Practitioners.

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Recently published research suggests that we should modify well-established injury management protocols by introducing mechanical loading of the affected tissues much earlier than previously accepted.

PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) has been the recommended procedure to manage injuries in the acute phase although research to support this practice is still lacking. It is widely accepted that unloading of the tissues immediately after injury is essential to allow damaged blood vessels to be sealed and for fibrin mesh to be laid down at the wound site. However, continuing the period of protection and rest may prolong and lead to problems with the repairing tissue. Controlled mechanical stress is required to promote the formation of scar tissue with well-aligned collagen fibres which will withstand the stresses of further sporting activity, rather than randomly arranged fibres with excessive cross links. The key is how to apply tensile loading and positively influence the healing process.

The recommended protocol to follow is now POLICE (Protection, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression and Elevation) and the optimal loading is the part requiring extensive knowledge of the healing process and how to load the tissues appropriately to enhance the formation of more functional scar tissue.  It is therefore impossible to quantify these areas as each injury and its’ severity will require individual and controlled interventions. The Practitioner will decide on Frequency, Rate, Intensity and Duration to create the ‘optimal loading’ needed in each instance. Monitoring client responses will provide the practitioner with feedback to indicate how the tensile strength of the tissue increases over time and how they may alter the interventions to match the healing process.

In order, to follow practice that is both safe, and in the longer term interests of the client, we recommend PRICE for immediate injury-care, followed by POLICE, subject to the knowledge and skills of the practitioner.

Reference:

Bleakley C M,  Glasgow P,  MacAuley D C (2011) ‘PRICE needs updating, should we call the POLICE?’ British Journal of Sports Medicine 46:220-221