How to become a Sports Physiotherapist

The position of Sports Physiotherapist is a highly sought-after role in the football industry, directly overseeing the treatment of musculoskeletal sports injuries and rehabilitation of players in the country's top football clubs.

Understandably, the competition to become a Sports Physiotherapist is fierce, so it’s essential you start off on the right track. We have put together some advice to help provide a clear route to success.

About the role: 

From Premier League to amateur club you will be directly hands-on, treating player’s sports injuries. You will likely have a chosen specialism – such as a particular aspect of physiotherapy or rehabilitation.

However, daily duties would be roughly similar, such as; assessing and diagnosing injury, planning appropriate treatments, providing advice, using manipulation, electrotherapy and massage to treat the associated injury. You would also be on hand to lend advice on how to potentially avoid sports injuries, keep track of treatment programme process, provide recovery timescales and undertake associated administration duties. 


Ideally, you will need to gain one or two of the following to be in with the chance of landing your dream role in the football industry: 


  • A relevant master’s Degree
  • 1-2 years’ work experience – start off volunteering with a local or amateur team at first
  • Hold a professional registration as a chartered physiotherapist
  • Hold a clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service or equivalent

Personal Skills:

As well as having a vested passion in your chosen profession, you will need to be a confident communicator in order to explain, treat and manage sports related injuries. You must be able to motivate a player towards recovery, while ensuring they stick to rehabilitation programmes and educate on the type of injury.

You must also have good organisational skills, making sure you plan programmes, implement them and provide adequate schedules for recovery.

Working Hours:

A sports physiotherapist profession usually isn’t a 9am-5pm role. You will likely need to be present at training sessions during the evenings or weekends, depending on the club you sign up with. 

You might even need to spend time in another country or city, depending on fixtures, and you could also be asked to work up to 16 hours per day.

Salary Guide:

Salary can vary wildly, depending on the club which you are working for. However, as a guide, you should expect your starting salary to be around £23k (private sector) / £26k (public sector).

Highly experienced professionals could expect in excess of £45k, with Sports Physiotherapists working with high profile players potentially earning much more.


If you are fully qualified and you think you have what it takes to become a Sports Physiotherapist, search our latest vacancies.