Views of Chartered Physiotherapists on the Psychological Content of Their Practice: A Follow-Up Survey in the UK

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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To assess, on a national level, the views of chartered physiotherapists with regard to the psychological content of physiotherapy practice.


A postal survey to a national list of sport injury and physiotherapy clinics was employed.


A total of 361 responses were included in the descriptive statistical and qualitative analyses.


The Physiotherapist and Sport Psychology Questionnaire (PSPQ).


On average, physiotherapists felt that athletes were psychologically affected 83% of the time when injured. Key psychological characteristics were also identified in athletes who cope/do not cope successfully with their injuries. Physiotherapists reported using psychological techniques in their work and expressed the need for further training in the field. Only 24.1% of the physiotherapists stated having accesses to accredited sport psychologists.


Results suggest that UK physiotherapists possess practical experiences and good awareness for psychological aspects of injuries and acknowledge the importance of treating a range of psychological conditions.

Monna Arvinen-Barrow and Brian Hemmings are with the Sport Psychology Dept. at the University of Northampton, UK. E-mail: Daniel Weigand is with Achieve Acumen, Inc., Fort Myers, FL 33901. Caryl Becker is with the Olympic Medical Institute in Harrow, UK. Lynn Booth is a Freelance Chartered Physiotherapist in the UK.