Treatments & Therapies

This section covers various method of treatment and types of therapies which may be used to treat sports injuries.

Cryotherapy / Cold therapy

Cryotherapy is the application of ice or cold packs for therapeutic effect. We explain when to use hot and when to use cold, cryokinetics, cryostretching, contraindications and the effects of cold therapy.


Heat treatment is used as a therapy for many sports related musculoskeletal injuries. There are many forms of heat treatment, with the most effective often depending on the injury in question. Time scale is also an important factor when deciding whether to use heat therapy.


Electrotherapy is the use of electricity as a form of treatment for soft tissue injuries. There are many different forms of electrotherapy including ultrasound, tens, laser, interferential, magnetic field, short wave, ESWT and exogen bone healing.

Sports massage

Massage is often used for the treatment of soft tissue injuries. We have a number of sports massage tutorial videos free to view as well as information on benefits, effects and contraindications of using massage as a method of treating sports injuries.

Strapping & taping

Sports taping techniques are often used in sports to support weak or injured joints. We have a number of strapping and taping tutorial videos to help with treating common injuries such as shin splints, ankle sprains, knee joint injuries, shoulder and elbow problems.

Complementary & Alternative Therapies

Complementary and alternative treatments include Acupuncture, Relexology, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Indian head massage, Shiatsu, Myofascial release, Acupressure and floatation therapy.

Drug therapies

Drugs are often used in sports medicine. We explain those more commonly used in sports medicine including Antibiotics, Aspirin, Codeine, Corticosteroids, Ibuprofen, Morhpine and more.


Hydrotherapy is the use of water to provide therapeutic effects. This is quite a wide ranging topic and can include treatments such as steam rooms and clonic hydrotherapy, but in this case we are referring to the use of water (in a hydrotherapy pool) to help with musculoskeletal and neural rehabilitation, as often used in physical therapy.

Types of therapist and practitioner

There are many different types of therapist and practitioner who treat sports injuries. Learn more about the different types here.