Monday, 25 September 2017

1st Year Sports Therapy student, Ellie, discussing her year of work experience between studies.

Student Sports Therapist, Ellie, decided to make the exciting move to London between 1st and 2nd year of university, as she was accepted onto two fantastic Internships.

Ellie is now back at UCLan and ready to go for her second year of study, after gaining a years worth of amazing experiences. 
So here's just a little bit of information on how she got on... 

How did you find out about the internship/how did you get involved?

I found out about the Internship and work experience (with Isokinetic and Oaksey house) through pure chance. I must have sent off a minimum of 50 emails contacting various clubs and clinics, enquiring if they take students for work experience and/or placements. I remember thinking there wasn’t any point messaging them (due to one of them being a FIFA accredited medical centre and the other working with professional jockeys) as I didn’t think they would offer me anything at this point.

How did you feel at the time?

I remember getting confirmation that I got accepted for the two positions in the same week - I was elated! After sending so many emails and not getting any response back, I was starting to feel like there was no point trying. But it shows how perseverance is key.

What you have been up to over the past year?

In the last 12 months I have lived in in Lambourn to work with Oaksey House and in the centre of London to work in Harley Street at Isokinetic. During my time there I was working with some of the best and most iconic athletes in current and past times. I was also given the opportunity to travel to Bologna to visit centres over there and I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of the Macclesfield Town U21’s set up as well.

How do you feel this has helped you as a Student Sports Therapist?

I can honestly say that these past 12 months have not only been the best in my life so far, but by far the most valuable. Learning certain things in the classroom is all well and good, however during your first year as a student these are all classroom or field based scenarios. My year out has not only enabled me to see real patients first hand, but allowed me to be a part of their journey and understand how variables such as disability/work and therapist-patient relationships are important factors in order for the patient to have a successful recovery.

I was lucky enough that in both settings that I was always treated as an equal member of the team, and I can’t thank Oaksey house and Isokinetic enough for giving me these opportunities. They have made me feel so much more confident in myself and my abilities, and they have helped to solidify the fact that I am sure I am going into the right field of work for me.

During the space of these 12 months I have completed over 600 placement hours, on top of the hours I achieved in my first year on placements.

What you are looking forward to in the remaining 2 years of your course?

In my remaining years at UCLan, I am looking forward to starting placements with Bury FC and hopefully getting experience working at sporting events too. I am also keen to get started on the rehabilitation and manual therapy modules (special tests in-particular), so I can learn the things I have observed during the past year for myself. I am also looking forward to completing my level 4 VTCT sports massage qualification this year, so I can start gaining a client base for massage before I graduate.

 “One of the things that impressed me the most about Ellie is how confident and professional she has been, despite being in a new and different environment and being so young. Since the very beginning of her internship she has always been able to provide treatments that completely fitted with the patients’ needs, inspiring trust both in the patients and in her supervisor…I strongly believe that someone able to provide such a high level of care deserves to be working in a challenging environment, where she will be able to shine and to further progress with her professional development.”  - A. Marconato

Isokinetic Medical Group, Fifa Medical Center of Excellence.

The Sports Therapy team would like to congratulate Ellie on her professionalism/commitment and dedication to study over the past two years at UCLan. Now onto the next two and to see what other opportunities are around the corner...

#RealExperience #Dedication #SportsTherapy #WorkExperience  

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Sports Therapy and Strength&Conditioning join forces ! #multidisciplinaryteam

Bobbie Butters – UCLan Student, Year 3 BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning

Bobbie is currently a 3rd year student studying BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning at UCLan. Bobbie already had a passion for powerlifting before she began her course at UCLan and describes the facilities the university offers for this as one of the main reasons she chose to study at UCLan. Students and staff in the UCLan injury clinic have aided Bobbie’s passion by treating her for injuries throughout her time at university.

In a recent interview with Bobbie, she explained her story at UCLan through her progression as an athlete and student -  

“Throughout my first year of university here at UCLan, I was recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome accompanied by chronic tightness throughout my body where postural deformities became evident. When I was doing the Olympic weightlifting I was doing a lot of the rehab myself but the university clinic has been a massive help in getting me back to being able to lift efficiently and in much less pain. To this day, the treatment I am getting is of a fantastic standard where the staff’s knowledge and understanding shines through their service and they are empathetic towards individual circumstances and tailor specific programmes and treatment plans as required. I cannot thank them enough for all of their support and service.”

“I have been seeing Verity in the Private on-site UCLan Physiotherapy Clinic for a number of months now, which has been excellent. Verity has also allowed the students to learn from my injuries by introducing me to the Student-Led Clinic for soft tissue treatment and injury assessment. This has allowed both the Sports Therapy students and I an opportunity to understand my injuries fully, and consider relevant treatments and management strategies moving forwards.”

“Over the past year, I have been able to start competing in powerlifting once again for GBPF so far I have competed twice where I went to the junior power lifting championships where I claimed four British records (Squat 147.5kg, Bench 85.5kg, Deadlift 165kg and total 398kg). I am now part of team GREAT BRITAIN that will hopefully lead on to the World championships in Minsh, Belarus June 2017.”

“This recovery process has been the hardest but most self-evolving experience of my life so far and now the experience has only positively influenced me as a coach, athlete and person. This solidifies that you get what you WORK HARD for, I love my sport and my choice of career path and I am willing to put in all the effort to get where I want to get to. ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Bobbie all the best in her up-coming events and final few months as a UCLan Student.