The Society of Sports Therapists was established in 1990 to address the growing demands from sport and leisure on everyone involved in the management and care of injured participants. The Society’s Founder Members sought to create a membership organisation that would standardise and monitor the provision and availability of support services. Equally with the rise in the number of incidents requiring immediate "lifesaving" first aid techniques, the Society also aimed to ensure that adequate, effective and appropriate training courses were provided and monitored.
The Society of Sports Therapists still remains true to those aims today and has made huge strides since 1990. It now collaborates with 21 universities, including two internationally and accredits 26 academic Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes.
The Aims of The Society of Sports Therapists
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Ashley Jones BSc, MSST is a practising sports therapist having graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2008. During this time his experience has mainly been in professional football where he was head of academy medical services for a football league club for 5 years. Having recently made the transition into full time lecturing, Ashley currently delivers on the BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy course at Leeds Beckett University.
Ashley also delivers Emergency Aid courses for the Football Association and works within a Sports Injury Clinic, when he has the time!
Ashley is currently studying towards an MSc in Football Rehabilitation, with research interests being injury-based audits and treatment protocols adopted within professional football.
Dale Forsdyke MSc, MSST, MSMA is a senior lecturer in sport injury management at York St John University and a practising sports therapist within elite female football. He has dual professional body status with the Society of Sports Therapists (SST) and Sports Massage Association (SMA), and has completed MSc qualifications in both sport science, and sports therapy.
Dale has previously written sports therapy programmes and has co-authored the book Foundation in Sports Therapy. He is currently undertaking a PhD examining the psychosocial factors influencing sport injury rehabilitation outcomes, and has a range of publications based on this topic.
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Nick Dinsdale BSc (Hons), MSc, MSST; Nicola Dinsdale BSc (Hons), MSc ongoing, MSST are both graduate sports therapists (father & daughter), Nick and Nicola run NJD Sports Injury Clinic. The clinic is recognised for its strong ‘evidence-based’ approach to the management of musculoskeletal conditions and involvement in cycling biomechanics. Arguably, the first to coin the phrase Pre-Bikefit Musculoskeletal Screening, they are now recognised as one of the UK's leaders in Bikefitting – through their unique Bikefit-Package.
Nick has worked with GB cycling teams, his unique research into the Shoe/Pedal interface, acknowledged by Specialized USA, has been disseminated worldwide. Nick delivers private workshops and presents at Conferences (Cycling Biomechanics) and has served on the Executive Committee of The Society of Sports Therapists (SST). At his first attempt, Nick won the 2013 National Standard Distance Duathlon (Age-Group) Title – putting theory into practice.
Nicola won the prestigious Bruce Hobbs Annual Travelling Scholarship in 2010, awarded by The SST. More recently she worked at the London Olympics and Paralympics Games and is in the final year of her MSc Sports Rehab. Since its conception, Nicola has further enhanced the various Bikefitting protocols and strategies to address sports-specific lumbo/pelvic/core deficits, plus many more.
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