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A different sport altogether

The job profile of a sports physiotherapist is the same as that of a physiotherapist in a hospital.

india Updated: Oct 20, 2006 12:56 IST

There are no sports without injuries. Especially in today’s highly competitive sporting environment. Indian sportspersons have always suffered because of the lack of dedicated sports medicine centres.

But things are changing fast with more stress being given on performance and fitness. For this, post-injury rehabilitation process is very important. The demand for physiotherapists in our country has been felt recently, What was originally limited to orthopedic treatment is now expanding to cover several branches of medicine.

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Institutes

Amravati University, Amravati,

Maharashtra

Banares Hindu University, Varanasi

Bartatullah Vishwavidyalaya,

(Faculty of Physical Education) Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Degree College of Physical

Education, Amravati, Maharashtra

Devi Ahilya Mahavidyalaya School of Physical Education, Indore,

Madhya Pradesh

Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Science, New Delhi

The job profile of a sports physiotherapist is the same as that of a physiotherapist in a hospital. The only difference is that those dealing with sportspersons are a little more aggressive.

Those who visit sports physiotherapists are generally fit but want to know how they can prevent injuries and enhance their performance. Sports physiotherapy is not a cure. It is a supplement to the medicine.

What you need:
A graduate course with subjects including sociology, psychology, human anatomy and physiology. Students are introduced to subjects such as microbiology, general medicine, pharmacology and biochemistry in the second year. Core areas of physiotherapy such as therapeutic exercises, biomechanics and massage is covered in the third and fourth year.

Career growth:
Despite the absence of a systematic campus placement procedure, there ia a wide spectrum of opportunities available to both undergraduate and post graduate students of physiotheraphy.

Private practice, consultation in government and private hospitals, practice in polyclinics, orthopedic or neurological clinics are some of the known areas. There are several other options that are drawing professionals from this field.

Weight trainers, team motivators and fitness experts are in great demand with the growing awareness of health and fitness in our country.

What to expect:
As a qualified physiotherapist, you can expect to be paid anywhere between Rs 20,000 to 40,000 per month in the private sector. Government-run hospitals pay slightly less.

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