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The Society of Sports Therapists: reciprocating kindness during the pandemic
  1. Kristian Weaver
  1. Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK
  1. Correspondence to Kristian Weaver, Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK; weaverk{at}

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Graduate Sports Therapists are healthcare professionals, who have the knowledge, skills and ability to work with patients along the continuum of injury prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. They aim to return individuals to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports-specific fitness. The five key areas of competency that underpin Sports Therapy are (1) prevention; (2) recognition and evaluation; (3) management, treatment and referral; (4) rehabilitation; and (5) education and professional practice issues. Graduate Sports Therapists are highly suited to supporting those who are physically active and suffering from a musculoskeletal illness or injury.

The coronavirus pandemic presented many Graduate Sports Therapists and their wider communities with physical, psychological and social challenges. The 21 million cases reported in the UK by April 2022,1 had far-reaching effects. Providing clinical support to communities required considerable adaptation and The Society …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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