The role of Evidence Based Practice in Sports Therapy

by Robert Di Leva
Wednesday 01st December 2010 - Article 6

Adopting evidence based practice is essential for an industry which has historically shied away from scientific evidence, in favour of a belief system based on traditional values. The traditional philosophical approach to manual therapy is to encourage the body’s inherent healing ability, to focus on personal responsibility for one’s health, and educate patients in promoting healthy lifestyles (World Health Organisation, 2010). While the traditional philosophical approach is still an important aspect of patient care, this view is fast becoming superseded by incorporating scientific evidence for therapeutic methods and modalities. To enhance patient experience and develop practitioner credibility, adopting evidence based practice is one key hurdle we must overcome.

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