Sports Therapist

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Sports therapists work with sports men and women offering advice on how to train and compete safely, as well as treating injuries that may occur.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Pay in the private sector depends on employer and location. As an assistant sports therapist with a team you could earn from around £17,000 a year. A full time sports therapist with a professional team would earn approximately £28,000 to £35,000 a year. A self-employed sports therapist would charge individual clients from £25 to £45 an hour.

As a sports therapist working in the NHS you will be on Agenda for Change Band 5, £26,104 to £32,915 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2021.


Getting In

There is no single route into sports therapy. You could enter in one of the following ways.

You might find work in a sports club, sports organisation or private hospital. Most sports therapists have several part time jobs or are self-employed. If you are a physiotherapist you could work in a specialist sports clinic in an NHS hospital.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have a sympathetic approach to people of all ages and levels of sporting ability.


Getting On

More Information

The Society of Sports Therapists is working with the Health and Care Professions Council with a view to the profession becoming state registered.

For more information please see list of organisations below:


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