Counsellors provide an opportunity for athletes to talk about issues that may be troubling them and/or affecting performance. These issues may be emerging from their personal lives as much as their lives in sport. A counsellor offers a safe, confidential, non-judgemental place for athletes to discuss any issue.
In the sport environment Doctors work on a range of issues such as dealing with athletes who are injured, as well as preventing injury in the first place. Many also work with athletes to enhance performance, such as a doctor advising an athlete on the best method of hydration prior to competing in a hot climate. Depending on their specialism Surgeons will be able to advise on, and if needed operate, on a range of injuries and issues. Examples of common issues requiring surgery in sport include some breaks, or a tear to the Achilles Tendon or Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).
In sport settings orthotists will work with athletes to improve performance and/or reduce pain. An orthotist may undertake a biomechanical assessment of the athlete’s movement (e.g., how an athlete walks and runs) to inform treatment. Examples of the types of orthoses used in sport include specialist insoles, specific knee braces for sports such as skiing or cycling and compression socks designed to increase blood flow whilst running.
An osteopath will diagnose, treat and prevent health problems by using stretching, physical manipulation touch and massage to help the body heal. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends upon the bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues working effectively together. In a sport setting, osteopaths can help with the treatment of common sporting injuries such as back pain, muscle and ligament injuries, knee foot and ankle pain, shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries.