Physical therapy is a component of Sports Medicine and the Sports Physical Therapist is an integral member of a Sports Medicine team. Broadly, sports medicine is a term that may include medical treatment from a physician, athletic training and physical therapy to address patient needs at different points of injury and recovery.
Medical care and athletic training typically address immediate medical needs of athletes. Physical therapists are experts in rehabilitating athletes after immediate medical needs have been addressed. The focus is on healing, restoring normal movement and strength to allow the individual to return to their activities at a high level of performance with reduced risk of re-injury.