The Sports Therapy Clinic is a critical component of the final year Sports Therapy BSc (Hons) programme. Students' can apply the clinical skills they have learnt in the earlier stages of the course, and utilise the many pieces of rehabilitation and treatment equipment, which are available in the clinic and the adjoining strength and conditioning facility.
They experience other aspects of working as a clinician such as booking service users in, monitoring payments and attendance trends, and formulating correspondences to other healthcare professionals.
The clinic is open to members of the public, university staff/students, and also forms part of structured support provided to Phoenix teams. As a consequence, students' see a wide range of clients from sporting and non-sporting environments and get to implement a variety of treatment modalities as part of their rehabilitation and management strategies with clients.
What is the most frequent request the clinic receives?
Primarily users request assessment and treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries. Service users also frequently request advice on managing the risk of injury, training advice, as well as advice on recovery strategies.
How does the School of Life Sciences use the clinic?
The clinic forms part of the final year of the BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy. It is an essential component, as students must achieve a minimum number of clinical experience hours to be eligible for full membership of the governing body validating the course. It is also a source of income, as the clinic takes payment from service users.
What equipment/software is available for students to use?
There is a wide range of exercise rehabilitation equipment available, treatment plinths, electrotherapy units, and also access to the strength and conditioning suite located next to the clinic. Here, students' can utilise equipment such as the Alter-G, force platforms and Keiser resistance machines.
How do students interact with the clinic?
Final year students are responsible for the actual administration and running of the clinic. This way they get to experience the other aspects of being a clinician, and it supports their working as an autonomous practitioner, as many students go on to open their own practice upon graduation.
Who are the main users of the clinic?
The main users are University students associated with sports teams, athletes from the local area, as well as members of the public who may or may not be involved in sport.
What services and support are provided?
Services include sports massage, evaluation and treatment of injury, advice on managing the risk of injury via screening, and advice of training and recovery programmes. Treatments can include massage, mobilisations, electrotherapy, exercise therapy and advice on home exercise.
What access do students have?
Students have access under the supervision of qualified therapists. The facility is also used to provide clinical services run by qualified members of staff.