Why have Soft Tissue Therapists (STT's) that work in elite sports been allowed back to work?

01 Jul 2020 09:38 | SMA Member Administration (Administrator)

STT's that work in elite sport have to conform to very specific conditions which are much more controllable than working with the public. They also have to be associated with a relevant sporting body. Here are all the Guidelines if you want to read them specifically. 


Elite Sport return to training guidance: Stage One

Elite Sport return to training guidance: Stage two

Elite Sport return to domestic competition guidance: Stage Three

As a summary, an Elite Athlete is defined as:
  • an individual who derives a living from competing in a sport
  • a senior representative nominated by a relevant sporting body
  • a member of the senior training squad for a relevant sporting body, or
  • aged 16 or above and on an elite development pathway.

A “relevant sporting body” is the national governing body of a sport which may nominate athletes to represent either

  1. Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo, or the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Beijing, or
  2. England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham in those sports which are not part of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games programme.

There must be a named medical Covid officer who manages all risk, treatments and testing.

In Stage 3, the following is stated:  Plans for physiotherapy and soft tissue therapist treatments. This should be limited to an essential need only and the need for routine or maintenance therapy should be risk assessed on a case-by-case basis.


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