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How to choose your sports physiotherapist for the
2024 Paris Olympic Games?

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During the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games that will take place in Paris from July 26 to August 11, 2024, the presence of a physiotherapist to accompany the athletes is recommended.

Your physiotherapist from the CAREA sports physiotherapy and osteopathy practices in Paris explains why a physiotherapist MUST accompany you to the Olympics.

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Why do athletes need sports physio at the Olympics?

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In general, the primary mission of the sports physiotherapist is to provide care to athletes and athletes who need it. Indeed, whatever sport you practice, from climbing to running, via rugby or CrossFit, the risk of injury is always present. It increases when practicing a competitive sport. The physiotherapist’s role when preparing for an Olympic competition is not only to treat injuries and make it easier to be back on the field, but also to teach his patients the right recovery methods to adopt after and between training and competitions. In addition, the physiotherapist offers significant psychological support at each stage of the sporting event which allows players and athletes to relax and maintain their motivation until the end of the adventure. At CAREA, our mission is to listen to your goals, your fears, your doubts, and your anxieties and to respond to each one of them!

How to find a good physiotherapist for the Olympic Games?

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Sport is at the heart of the activity of the physiotherapists and osteopaths of the CAREA sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation centers in Paris. Over the years, our practitioners have acquired extensive experience in supporting athletes during their events in France and abroad. This is the case of Matthieu Robert who is an osteopath and physiotherapist and who is also registered with the French Conseil de l’Ordre des Kinésithérapeutes (the French National Council of the Order of physiotherapists), Benjamin Noury who is also a physiotherapist registered with the French National Council of the Order of physiotherapists and David Redrado who is a sports osteopath registered with the national Registre des Ostéopathes de France.

Matthieu, who is a crossfit enthusiast and a black belt in Judo, has accompanied top athletes in various types of competitions:

  • In the first division of the French Handball Championship for US Ivry Handball
  • As a physiotherapist for the French Athletics Federation during the Relay World Cup in the Bahamas and various preparation trainings
  • During the Meeting Areva at the Stade de France, in Paris
  • For the French Throwdown, the biggest CrossFit competition held yearly in France
  • During national marathons held in France for Nike
  • During the Paris half-marathons
  • During national handball and athletics competitions


Benjamin, a running and judo enthusiast, has brought his expertise to high-level athletes in various competitions:

  • On The Speed Project, an extraordinary running race of 425 km in relay
  • As a physiotherapist for the marathon and half marathon of Paris
  • During the Red Bull Conquest in Paris, a big Skateboarding event
  • As a physiotherapist during the Modern Pentathlon World Cups
  • During the Modern Pentathlon European Championships
  • During the IJF World Tour in Judo
  • During the World and European Judo Championships


David, a football and CrossFit fan, has acquired extensive experience working with top athletes in different competitions:

  • Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and National matches – Football
  • Champions League and Europa League matches – Football
  • Paris Marathon – Running
  • Paris half-marathon – Running
  • Le Lido – Shows/Performances/Rehearsals/Preparation
  • Studio MRG – Shows/Performances/Rehearsals/Preparation
  • Médoc Marathon – Running
    Jeet Kune Do (Competitions/Tournaments)


Due to his activity as a physiotherapist and his many experiences in the field of sport, Matthieu – the founder of the CAREA balneotherapy physiotherapy and sport osteopathy practices – perfectly masters the challenges related to physical activity of any kind. Based in Paris, Matthieu and his team of sports physiotherapists, physiotherapists and osteopaths will stand alongside athletes of all nationalities at each event of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to offer them the care and advice they’d need.

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Welcoming French and international athletes at CAREA

Our sports physiotherapists in Paris offer a preferential welcome to athletes participating in the 2024 Olympic Games in the two practices CAREA Paris 14 and Paris 8. The sports physiotherapist and osteopathy practice center CAREA Paris 14 is inside the French Judo Federation headquarter.

Our practitioners will be at your disposal throughout this adventure. CAREA physiotherapists and osteopaths also speak English and Spanish, making the communication between patients and practitioners smoother.

What is the role of the sports physio
at the Olympic Games?

The sports physio acts at each level of the competition: before, during and after.

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The role of the sports physio before a competition

Before an athlete participates in the Olympic Games, the CAREA osteopathic physiotherapist helps prepare them. For this purpose, he uses physiotherapy techniques that help prepare the deep tissues of athletes for the sporting event. These techniques help avoid injuries. Hence, manual therapy, muscle strengthening exercises, and joint mobilizations make it possible to prevent injuries due to lack of mobility during the event (such as a sprained ankle, for example or a ligament tear as a rupture of the ACL, knee injury). A running analysis helps the physiotherapist check the stride and to anticipate injuries on the field.

The quantification of mechanical stress is a fundamental point to avoid injury during a sporting event: during the months preceding the competition, the sports physiotherapist teaches his patients to assess the amount of effort they can provide without feeling pain. and without injury. If the pain is greater than 3/10 during training, immediately after or the next day, the risk of injury is higher.

He also gives advice to his patient on the lifestyle to adopt to preserve his good health as well as on the foods to favor to prepare the body for the effort.

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The role of the sports physio during a competition

The sports physio stays with the athlete until they enter the field to support and encourage them. He also accompanies them in their warm-ups and stretching. This step is necessary for the smooth running of the competition. If an injury occurs on the field, the physiotherapist is present to provide first aid care and relieve the pain before the rehabilitation starts at the CAREA physiotherapy center in Paris 8 or Paris 14.

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The role of the sports physio during the sports recovery phase

During the recovery, the physiotherapist performs a therapeutic massage with or without a massage gun.

Then, he will apply one or more of the following techniques:


Tecar Therapy is a technology used by CAREA physiotherapists and osteopaths during the recovery phase of athletes to boost blood and lymphatic circulation using electrotherapy. It also helps relieve joint and muscle pain and accelerate the healing of an injured muscle or joint. Our sports physiotherapists use it to treat injuries such as sprained ankles, lower back pain, and sports tendinitis.

Shockwaves Therapy

Shock wave therapy reduces pain caused by a possible sports injury. It also promotes the healing of tendinopathies. They can be used, for example, to treat foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, or epicondylitis (golf elbow or tennis elbow).


Cryotherapy or cold therapy stimulates venous and lymphatic return. It also ensures good recovery of the different muscle groups. In addition to accelerating the recovery time of athletes, it helps reduce painful inflammation and relieve muscle pain.


The application of colored k-taping strips can treat any pain, stimulate blood circulation and relax the muscles.


Strapping aims to support an injured joint. Sports physiotherapists often use this technique to cure sprains.

Cupping therapy

Cupping therapy, also known as “hijama”, guarantees good muscle recovery for athletes and relieves aches.

Water therapy/ Aqua therapy (balneotherapy)

After an injury or during the recovery process, the aqua therapy offers excellent results thanks to the massaging water jets, the heat of the water, and the active and passive mobilizations. Combined with indoor rehabilitation sessions, it accelerates the healing process thanks to the properties of water that facilitate the performance of several types of exercises.

Our physiotherapists answer your questions:

  • What are the disadvantages of shock waves?

The shock wave therapy that our physiotherapists practice in our CAREA offices in Paris has no proper drawbacks. Indeed, contrary to what one might think, this technique is not particularly painful because the sports physio avoids with all means triggering the pain. However, it is common to feel discomfort, a feeling of heat on the skin and tingling that disappears immediately after the session. So the advantages of shockwaves outweigh the disadvantages.

  • Why do a sports recovery massage?

After an Olympic Games competition, sports physiotherapists perform sports recovery massage on athletes. This physiotherapy technique relieves the muscles by activating the intramuscular blood system. It revolves around vibrations, massages, percussion and kneading that physiotherapists perform using their hands. Eona® massage oils and balms are used to increase the patient’s well-being during the session.

  • Is the massage gun dangerous?

The massage gun massages the muscles on trigger points or congested body parts after competition, and intense training sessions. Our physiotherapists use Theragun® brand massage guns to improve blood circulation, relax muscles and reduce possible inflammation.

H2 What is the role of the osteopath present at the Olympic Games?

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During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, osteopathy can really help athletes. Osteopaths use their hands to analyze mobility and any muscle tension someone may be undergoing before offering treatment. During sports competitions, the osteopath works hand in hand with the sports physiotherapist and the sports doctor. It helps with mechanical repair in case of injury, recovery and physical preparation.

Osteopathy is a global therapy that acts on muscle and tissue imbalances as well as on the mobility and alignment of joints in the body. To do this, osteopaths work on the body as a whole, taking into account that sports injuries are often the result of underlying imbalances.

To treat his sports patients, the physio-osteopath or the osteopath of the CAREA physiotherapy centers uses manual techniques such as passive manual mobilizations, fasciatherapy, muscle energy techniques, cranial and visceral techniques, massage and stretching that relieves pain and restores various bodily functions. Any loss of mobility in the joints, muscles, ligaments or viscera can lead to an imbalance. In athletes, this imbalance appears through symptoms ranging from simple muscle contractions to chronic pain affecting their performance.

Osteopathic care is preferred in some sports disciplines. This is the case of contact sports such as volleyball, basketball, and rugby.

Three points to remember about CAREA sports physios at the 2024 Olympics:

  • Before the Olympics, the sports physio teaches the athlete effective techniques to prevent any injury
  • In our physiotherapy practices, our physios offer athletes effective solutions to treat their injury quickly and to accelerate their sports recovery.
  • During the Olympic Games, osteopathy is used as a complementary treatment to physiotherapy to prevent and treat various types of injuries


Are you an athlete? Would you like to prepare for your participation in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games or receive treatment during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games? Make an appointment with one of our sports physios starting from now!

Click on BOOK NOW by choosing the closest CAREA sports physiotherapy and osteopathy center to you.

Sources : 

La récupération par le massage – Decathlon


Pistolet de massage : pour récupérer efficacement? – Trail & Running

Ostéopathie et sport font-ils bon ménage ? – La Médecine du Sport

En route vers Paris 2024. Le rôle du kiné dans une équipe sportive – Francetvinfo

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