What Is A (Sport/Musculoskeletal) Titled Physiotherapist?!

Posted By Tate  
14:33 PM

You may have noticed that Tate holds qualifications as a Titled Sport & Exercise Physiotherapist and qualifications as a Titled Musculoskeletal physiotherapist. Tate was awarded these qualifications last year and he is very proud of them as it represents the culmination of years of study and hard work. 

BUT … What Is A Titled Physio?

Titling is a form of recognition for special skills and knowledge in a particular field (including Womens health, sport, neurological etc). This is awarded by the physiotherapy professional body the Australian Physiotherapy Association.  This award is often given following completion of a relevant masters degree and additional criteria have been completed (such as relevant skills and hours worked in the field).

Only a small portion of physiotherapists are titled and only an exceptionally small number of phyiostherpists hold dual titling (as Tate does).

So what makes a titled physiotherapist different/more qualified, other than a fancy-pants qualification?


An APA Sport & Exercise Physiotherapist has the following special skills and knowledge:

  • They are highly qualified in assessing, diagnosing and treating sporting injuries
  • They have a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, load management and exercise prescription in both a rehab and sports based setting
  • They are up to date on the latest evidence and have a good ability at critically appraising and understanding the literature

An APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist has the following special skills and knowledge:

  • They are highly qualified in assessing and treating all musculoskeletal conditions including joint, muscle and tendon injuries as well as back and neck pain
  • These physios have a higher level of clinical reasoning that allows them to be more qualified in assessment and diagnosis of complex conditions
  • These physios are well versed in modern pain science
  • They are very proficient in manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription for injury prevention and management


In summary when you see a titled physiotherapist you should be confident that they hold a high level of knowledge and expertise in their titled area.