Members of the Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy group work in sports medicine clinics, volunteer with sporting teams, work with elite teams and athletes and sometimes travel with national and Olympic athletes and teams.
The face-to-face professional development program is extensive and includes courses organised with other groups. Courses are suitable for a broad range of physiotherapists—from new graduates through to postgraduate sports physiotherapists. There is also a full lecture program each year focusing on topical issues and latest research.
Sports and Exercise physiotherapists are passionate about helping people maintain optimum health and wellbeing through preventive exercise programs or rehabilitation treatment to support injury management and recovery. They work with people across the physical activity continuum – regular exercisers and those returning to exercise, weekend athletes, fitness fanatics and elite athletes.
The professional development program is extensive and very popular. The group has developed Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 courses that allow you to progress along the titling and specialisation pathway. The Level 3 course is a highly selective course and involves an eight-day, live-in program at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
Physiotherapists working with Australian Olympic teams must carry the 'APA Sports Physiotherapist' title. The titling pathway will help you to achieve this.
There are numerous opportunities for emerging leaders in the field to take up positions in committees at a state and national level.
Every two years, the APA conference scientific committee works to produce a high quality program for each area of physiotherapy, including sports physiotherapy, giving you another opportunity to influence this area of the profession.