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Sports Therapy: A Case Study

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INTRODUCTION

Within the industry of sports therapy, consideration must be made with regards to the professional standards and code of conduct to protect both the client and the Sports therapist.

The society of sports therapists association (sosta, 2012) has a policy that will be discussed, reviewed and evaluated to ascertaining for legal, ethical and practical aspects of sport therapy treatment.

This will be applied to gathering data, application of treatment and client assessment for treatment on minors. Compliances of bodies, legal acts and regulations, which are appropriate to sports therapist, will be considered, if appropriate in aiding in the sports therapist treatment.

HOW LEGAL ASPECTS OF DATA GATHERING CAN EFFECT TREATMENT.
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They could have could lead to contra actions or or contra action (Ward, 2004) which could affect the planned treatment however, you would expect an adult with parental responsibly (united kingdom, Child Act 1989) be aware of the Childs medical history minor.

PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF APPLYING SPORTS THERAPY

A minor’s body is different to that of an adult and therefore, sports therapist need to consider that application of sports therapy when treating. (Allen ,2012).

Epiphyseal plates in children are frail whilst they are maturing, therefore, sports therapist must apply appropriate techniques to not weaken or damage them. (Pubmed Health, 2003).

(SOSTA) policy has limitation with regards to method of treatment of minors, appropriate time, or any information regarding assessing the minor are taken into
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When performing assessment it may be necessary part of the treatment protocol to get minor to perform a range of assessment to determine what treatment is required.

The policy fails to mention the limitations as to when a minor can be assessed with the presents of an adult or guardian. However, it states that they therapist must be able to justify there decisions. Therefore it would be deemed unlikely that a therapist assessing a minor without an adult could be justified.The policy on safeguarding is non-existence. It states appropriate action to protect the rights of children that you believe are at risk with regards to national and local policies, however a growing organisation such as the (sosta) a policy on safeguarding would be deemed important to maintain the same standards though out members given both therapists guidance and client confidence in the organisation. (NSPCC, 2018). The consequence of not having a policy allows for therapist to decide what is and is not appropriate so a decision on allowing assessment without an parent could occur which could lead to implication if the minor was asked to expose themselves too much for assessment purposes. However, having a policy in place give less freedom for therapist to adapt to every situation and client treatment in accordance with his or her knowledge also when the safeguarding policy changes it would need to be amended according, then the therapist
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