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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.

In their undergraduate training orthotists are trained in mechanics, biomechanics, and material science along with anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. All orthotists listed on Accredited Sports Professionals are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. To train to be an orthotist you must complete a recognized honours degree in prosthetics and orthotics. You can find out more information on the training routes to become an orthotist here and also at the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO).

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