Sports Therapist

What is a Sports Therapist?

A Sports Therapist is a practitioner who has the knowledge and ability to:

  • Provide first aid and attend to injuries in a recreational, training and competitive environment.
  • Assess and, where appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention.
  • Provide sports massage pre and post activity.
  • Implement appropriate rehabilitation programmes.
  • Utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise preparation and injury prevention programmes1..

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Howard Piccaver BSc (Hons), DipST, MSST

Howard Piccaver, Sports Therapist in PeterboroughHoward previously worked in manufacturing engineering and through a combined love for sport and an interest in sports injuries, took the decision to change career in 1994. He has been a member of The Society ofSports Therapists since 1998 and graduated from the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University) in 1999 with a 1st Class Honours degree in Sports Science and Sports Therapy, where he was awarded the school prize of ‘Best Student’ of the year.

Howard has worked in higher education as a Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University (1999 – 2004) and the University of Hertfordshire (2004 – 2008).Training the Sports Therapists of the future, he primarily lectured on advanced level Sports Therapy modules and supervised final year research projects, as well undertaking a major role in course and curriculum development. He has also been a regular lecturer on the ‘Diploma in Sports Therapy’ on behalf of Sports Rehab & Education - one of the UK’s leading educational programme providers for courses and workshops in the treatment, management and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Over the last 13 years, under the previous guise of ‘Thorpe Wood Sports Injury Clinic’, Howard has established a reputation for providing a professional and comprehensive Sports Therapy service for the people of Cambridgeshire and the surrounding counties. He is well known in local sporting circles having previously been the Sports Therapist for Peterborough Rugby Club (1997-1999), Peterborough United Ladies FC. (2001-2002) and Peterborough Lions RUFC (2006-2008). He has extensive knowledge and experience in the specialist field of sports injury management and rehabilitation, underpinned by regular attendance on CPD (Continued Professional Development) seminars, workshops and sports medicine conferences, he regularly liases with his peers to further develop his skills in light of current ‘evidence based practice’. His passion and aim is to provide optimal treatment strategies and advice for his clients who are seeking a return to fitness from all types of sports and occupational related injuries.


    • June 2010 - St. John Ambulance 1st Aid at work
    • June 2001- Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching
    • June 1999 – 1st Class BSc (Hons) Sports Science & Sports Therapy
    • March 1998 – Diploma in Sports Therapy

    CPD Courses Attended

      • June 2010 – 2 day course: ‘Mobilisation of the Nervous System’: Hosted by The Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (David Butler); Tutored by Mr. Robin Blake MCSP, Dip TP & Ms. Stephanie Poulton BSc (Hons)
      • July 2009 – 2 day course: ‘The Mulligan Concept: NAGS, SNAGS and MWM’s’: Hosted by Wellbeing CPD Ltd.; Tutored by Mr. Robin Blake MCSP, DipTP
      • July 2008 – 2 day course: ‘The Sporting Shoulder’: Hosted by PhysioUK; Tutored by Margie Olds B Phyty, Dip Sports Med, MNZSP
      • May 2008 - Two hour seminar: ‘Spondylolisthesis and Spondylolis’: Hosted by The Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist Hospital, Peterborough; Tutored by Mr. Ahmed B. Shair, MB BS, FRCS MS Orth, FRCS Orth.
      • September 2006 – Two hour seminar: ‘What’s new in Sports Medicine’: Hosted by The Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist Hospital, Peterborough; Tutored by Mr. Ahmed B. Shair, MB BS, FRCS MS Orth, FRCS Orth.
      • July 2006 – 3 day course: ‘Clinical Implications of Vertebral Mobilisations & Manual Therapy’: Hosted by Sports Rehab & Education; Tutored by Professor Graham N. Smith GradDipPhys FCSP DipTP CertED Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Consultant, Glasgow.
      • May 2004 – 3 day course:  ‘Dynamic Stability Training for Return to Work and Sport’: Hosted by Kinetic Control; Tutored by Mark Comerford MCSP B.Phty MAPA.
      • 1999 -2009 -  Annual attendance at the ‘From Pain to Performance’ One-Day International Sport & Exercise Medicine Conference: Hosted by ‘Sports Rehab & Education’. (


        • ‘Chronic Ankle Problems: A Clinical Perspective’ (Howard Piccaver). Presented at:
          •  The Society of Sports Therapists AGM & Seminar May 2005.
          •  ‘Return to Fitness’ A One-Day Sports Medicine Symposium, November 2005, Thistle Hotel, Glasgow: Hosted by Sports Rehab & Education.
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