Barnes Sports Clinic, chartered physiotherapists; established 1987. Call us today on 01225 859047.

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Sports therapy

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Sports Therapy involves the specialist treatment of injuries related to sports. It uses many of the same methods found in general physiotherapy practice but is more refined to the needs of sporting individuals. This is particularly true in the rehabilitation programmes administered under sports therapy, where, especially in the later stages, the rehabilitation of an injured area will become increasingly sports-specific.

The Barnes Sports Clinic has experienced Advanced Sports Therapists on hand who are also teachers and assessors in their professional field within our school. This means, of course, that not only are they able therapists in their own right, but additionally they tutor others in how to apply these clinical methods. Our primary Sports Therapist at the moment is Matthew Barnes.

As Sports Therapy is a versatile vocation, our sports therapists can often be found working closely alongside our Chartered Physiotherapist during treatment and rehabilitation protocols that cover a broad range of physical ailments inside and outside the realm of sport.

Sports Therapy utilises many similar techniques to physiotherapy, and a list of available treatments can be found on our Physiotherapy page. One of the central treatment tools for the Sports Therapist is sports massage:

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Sports massage is a vigorous deep-tissue massage that encompasses a range of techniques. It was originally intended to help prevent injury sustained in sport, but it was found to be an effective remedial therapyin its own right.

We cater for people from all walks of life from the weekend squash player to the professional boxer. Whatever your level of skill or experience in sport you could benefit from sports massage. But you don’t have to be an athlete; indeed, sports massage is often used by people outside of the sporting world to alleviate muscular tension and promote a healthier body.

Also see our remedial and hot stone massage.

We specialise in the following areas within sports therapy:


The Barnes Sports Clinic has, over the years, developed specialist skills in the treatment of injuries related to motocross, and frequently treats expert and national level riders. The Clinic offers accelerated fracture repair programmes coupled with intensive rehabilitation and has extensive experience in dealing with this harsh sport and the myriad of injuries that occur both in competitions and in training.

To reflect our commitment to offering the most effective treatments for the acceleration of fracture healing, Barnes Sports Clinic has now added a LIPUS (Low Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound) machine to its range of treatment options. LIPUS has been shown to be the most successful modality for accelerating fracture repair.

The Barnes Sports Clinic has been affiliated with Rugby football since its early establishment, and in the early 90s we provided physiotherapy services and fitness coaching to the Bath Rugby Club. Since then, the team at the Clinic has continued to work alongside various local teams providing all manner of physical therapy for players at all levels. As a harsh contact sport, rugby can unfortunately be the cause of many different injuries. Barnes Sports Clinic has over twenty years experience dealing with issues related to this sport.

Related FAQ: Can sports therapists only treat sporting injuries? No, our sports therapists are qualified to deal with a range of issues, though they retain specialist skills in dealing with sporting injuries.

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