ROLE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY ON PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF THE ATHLETE-A REVIEW PAPER
Abstract – Physiotherapists play a key role in sports problem related physical and psychology health of the sport athlete. A strong athlete-physiotherapist relationship is necessary for effective treatment and shaping of athletes' expectations of health issue restoration. Hence, it is necessary to factor the problem athletes' expectations in structuring a therapy program. Physiotherapy techniques have been a therapeutic modality in all cultures since early civilization and has had a long tradition of use in the sporting context. However, there have been a paucity of scientific evidence of the physiological, psychological and therapeutic effects of commonly used Physiotherapy techniques. This paper reviews the early and more recent studies on the role of Physiotherapy and also the more recent literature on its use on the sports person. Little agreement was found in English publications of the efficacy of Physiotherapy and there were contradictory findings as to the optimum technique and length of time of application. It is clear that the role of physiotherapy a time consuming technique for a physiotherapist to perform needs to be evaluated further in order to resolve some contentious issues arising about this mode of treatment and to justify its use.
Keywords - Physiotherapy, Sports, Athletes, Mental and Physical Health.