Students Staff

10 November 2016

Essex opens campus-based Sports Therapy Clinic

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, Student experience — Tags: — Communications Office @ 11:03 am
Student Rebecca Wilson at the new sports therapy clinic.

Student Rebecca Wilson at the new Sports Therapy Clinic.

Our new Sports Therapy Clinic is now open for business at Colchester Campus – and it is free for all students and staff.

The clinic is the first campus-based facility of its kind at the University and will provide an essential place for our BSc Sports Therapy students to put their new skills to the test.

Opening on Monday 14 November, the clinic will offer treatment and management for a number of conditions including neck and shoulder pain, muscle strains, sports injuries, arthritic joint pain and foot and ankle pain. The students will also be able to offer massage to help posture issues and ease tension.

The clinic, which is open from 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, will mainly involve third year students giving treatment, supervised by their lecturers. Students and staff can attend as often as their injuries require treatment.

Lecturer in sports therapy Keith Burnett, who will be supervising the students, said the course at Essex was more developed than others in the way it underpinned the sports therapy aspect with the psychological side of treatment. Being linked to sports science academics at Essex has meant the students also have a real understanding of the scientific principles behind the injuries.

“The psychological understanding of sports therapy is also essential,“ added Keith, “as it is the way to get into the client’s mind set to enhance client adherence, which then makes the rehabilitation interventions more effective and successful.”

The experience in the clinic will go towards the 200 hours of practical experience the students need to undertake to become a member of the Society of Sports Therapists at the end of the course.

The students will get to experience dealing with a wide range of injuries, which will enhance their confidence and improve their employability.

“Working with real patients gives them the chance to look at the true pathology and they will experience the various grades of injury,” added Keith. “This will enhance their understanding and give them vital hands-on experience and increase their confidence so they are industry ready when they leave university.”

Student Rebecca Wilson came to Essex as there were no courses like this at her home in Northern Ireland. “The only courses available were in physiotherapy and I really wanted a course where I could focus on the strength and conditioning side of things which Essex provided.”

Rebecca, who also works closely with the Essex men’s and women’s basketball teams, added: “It is a great asset to get a clinic on campus. Getting that hand-on experience is vital and will really help give me more confidence being a sports therapist.”

For more information please email the Sports Therapy Team at or call 01206 872255.



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5 May 2015

Sports therapy students put in marathon effort in London

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Tags: — Communications Office @ 10:58 am
Sports therapy students helping athletes post-London Marathon

Sports therapy students helping athletes post-London Marathon

Seven first year BSc Sports Therapy students were put through their paces while helping at the 2015 Virgin London Marathon.

Volunteering for The Mental Health Foundation, the team of Essex students provided post-race massages and first aid treatments to athletes.

Sports Therapy Lecturer Gavin Etheridge said: “We were extremely proud of the students who took part. They worked tirelessly all day, maintaining excellent standards of professionalism whilst providing first-class services to very deserving runners.

“The feedback we received from both the runners and the charity organisers was fantastic, with many of the runners only realising they were being treated by students and not experienced therapists when we requested feedback. They were all extremely impressed with the quality of the treatments they received. Overall, it was great to see our students taking the theoretical knowledge and practical skills attained in class and applying them to real athletes.”


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