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Sports Physiotherapy Assistant

Sports Physiotherapy Assistants help Sports Physiotherapists deal with injuries and issues related to sports people.


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Employment Levels

There are currently 18 100 people employed in roles similar to Sports Physiotherapy Assistants in Australia and it’s considered a medium sized occupation. According to the Department of Employment, over the five years to November 2018, the number of job openings for similar roles is expected to be between 5001 and 10 000.

Employment by State

The majority of those working in roles similar to Sports Physiotherapy Assistants are employed within VIC, followed by NSW and QLD. The states with the lowest number of Physiotherapists are NT and ACT respectively.

Gender Split

This is a slightly more male dominated industry in full time work (36.6%) versus females (28.8%). There are significantly more females in part time employment (30.7%) than males (3.9%).

Age Brackets

The median age for people in roles similar to Sports Physiotherapy Assistants is 32, which is 8 years younger than the median age of all other occupations.

Hours Worked

People in roles similar to Sports Physiotherapy Assistants work an average of 40.6 hours per week. This is 0.5 hours less per week than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of workers employed in a similar profession to Sports Physiotherapy Assistants have a Bachelor degree (61.2%) while 16.7% have a Diploma or higher.

Sports Physiotherapy Assistant Duties & Tasks

  • Conduct assessments of player and athlete readiness and advising on exercises prior to a sporting event
  • Test joints for ease and range of movement
  • Strap, tape and massage joints to prepare players and athletes physically and mentally
  • Provide emergency aid in a sport and exercise environment
  • Examine and assess injuries and determine whether the athlete or participant can continue playing
  • Treat injuries, alleviate pain and mobilise injuries
  • Rehabilitate injuries by using manual therapy techniques, apparatus and electrotherapy
  • Design and monitor rehabilitation programmes appropriate to the injury and sport level
  • Work alone or with coaches, trainers and fitness advisers to implement programmes that maintain an athlete or player’s peak performance
  • Liaise with other health professionals in the sports sector and in mainstream medicine



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.