With the academic year well under way the Foundation Degree Sports Therapy students currently studying their second year have been on work placement for nearly 9 weeks.
Experiences from their placements have been reported to be extremely positive, with supervisors regularly reporting the high level of skills and knowledge which the majority of students possess. The placements are in a diverse range of sports across levels from participation to elite and give students wide exposure to the demands of a career in sports therapy.
You can imagine the numerous injuries which the students deal with on a weekly basis following and during fixtures, with the majority of students reporting how beneficial the placements are and the level of guidance which they are receiving. Here at Mouton we are dedicated to ensuring the placement is appropriate for the student, ensuring that the level of supervision matches those student needs. The main reason for placements is to ensure the student is building an entrepreneurial outlook on work, not just with the view of starting their own business but to also ensure they are meeting the industry requirements.
We are delighted that these placements often open further opportunities for our students, with Natalie Halliday travelling to Monaco in May to provide pre-race and after race care for a Formula 1 team, a fantastic opportunity and we wish Natalie a great trip.
Jordan Yearwood-Whittaker & Antonino Musilino are both on placement at Ampthill and District RUFC a National 2 club competing at Level 4 in the RFU league structure, they are both excelling within their placements receiving excellent feedback from their supervisor. They are involved in a number of clinical and non-clinical activities from pre-game preparation, strapping and taping and rehabilitation and injury management on a weekly basis.
Martin Dixon is currently on placement with Saints and they are so pleased with his current level of knowledge and training that they have given him autonomous roles within the rehab/after care side of the team, providing massage and recovery sessions for the elite players – Courtney Lewes, Ben Nutley and Mikey Hayward – all Moulton College graduates.
The placement network is building and the opportunities are coming thick and fast for our students, developing their skills and their industry based understanding.