Useful Resources (University Life)

Please find below a list of resources I personally find useful when completing any academic task.

  • Mendeley Inc.

https://www.mendeley.com/?switchedFrom=

Mendeley is a program designed for the management and sharing of research papers. It also allows you to annotate and reference these paper in your work, making it the perfect friend for any student.

  • MARGen

https://www.marjon.ac.uk/margen/

Working along similar lines to Mendeley, MarGen offers students of The University of St Mark & St John and easy way to reference their work.

  • Google Scholar

https://scholar.google.co.uk/

Google Scholar is a freely accesible search engine that indexes scholarly articles. It is simple too use and allows you to find journal articles to use in your essays with just a few clicks of the mouse.

  • Marjon Library’s Discovery Service

https://www.marjon.ac.uk/student-life/library/

Marjons Discovery service indexes literature that maybe useful for students on all courses. Like Google Scholar, it is easy to use but also allows you access to some journal articles which Google Scholar cannot.

  • Marjon IT Support & Training

https://moodle.marjon.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=963

They offer advice on the use of all Microsoft programs and will help with all your IT needs.

  • BenJaneFitness.com

http://www.benjanefitness.com/

Is a website set up by The University of St Mark & St Johns very own Ben Jane, offering learning resources for students and exercise professionals alike.

  • Media.Capella

http://media.capella.edu/CourseMedia/OnlineWritingCenter/interactive/litReview/litRevi

Is a bank of short films produces as learning resources by the University of Capella.

  • Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/?hl=en-GB&gl=GB

Although it may not have been designed as an educational platform, Youtube stores many helpful videos for revision and learning purposes.

  • The Internet Public Library

http://www.ipl.org/

The Internet Public Library offers students the opportunity to scroll through journal articles and e-books 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Purdue OWL

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

Is a website powered by Goggle search engine, allowing students to find journal articles, whilst offering tips on grammar and formatting text.

 

Blogs, Blogs and more Blogs

Please find below a list of blogs that have inspired me to not only pursue a career in sports therapy, but that keep inspiring me to push forward and develop.

  • SouthWest Sports Therapy

The SouthWest Sports Therapy clinic is based in somerset, only yards from where I grew up. Its easy to read posts and kind staff make it a firm favourite for anybody wanting treatment in the local area. Its growth as a company has been phenomenal over the last couple of years, which now boasts 3 knowledgeable members of staff and a large following.

  • Mike Reinold

Mike Reinold is a PT, strength and conditioning and performance coach for many professional baseball teams including the Boston Red Sox. He has also worked with The American Sports Medicine Institute, pulling on his time with all these institutions to feed his readers fascinating articles and episodes of #AskMikeReinolds.

  • The5kRunner

The5kRunner is a blog designed primarily for runners, so being a keen runner myself this blog caught my eye very quickly. It not only gives you good training techniques but talk about common injuries sustained by runners of all levels. The injuries highlighted in the blog are often seen in the universities open clinic, meaning I can use the treatments described first hand in my own work.

  • IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation)

The IAAF blog not only appeals to me due to my love of sport, but professionally it offers an insight into the life of an athlete. Posting articles on sports nutrition, interviews with injured athletes and how they overcame these injuries and many more.

  • Performance Sports Therapy

This blog is focused on sports therapy and rehab, offering insightful articles on subjects ranging from the importance of sleep to knee pain solutions. It is present in an interesting way and usually holds its very own question and answers sessions for followers all over the world.

What does it mean to be a professional Sports Therapist?

 

What does it mean to be a professional Sports Therapist?

 

First, what does the term professional mean. The Oxford English Dictionary describes the term as “A person engaged or qualified in a profession.” (Oxford Dictionaries | English, 2017)

The term professional can then be narrowed down further to be more subject specific. (The Society of Sports Therapists, 2013:1-1) suggests that: A professional Sports Therapist is a healthcare specialist who shows competent and assured knowledge and understanding regarding the prevention, treatment, referral and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

Sports Therapists must have clear knowledge and understanding of their professional code of conduct, as well as a recognition and appreciation of the values of others. As well as the understanding of pressures that exist in the sports environment; all of which contribute to the characteristic of an autonomous professional. (Robertson et al., 2015:706-719)

Whilst following the professional codes of conduct, it is of paramount importance that you respect the clients/patient confidentiality. Information must only be shared once the patient/clients has given consent, the only time this information may be divulged without consent is in the case of an emergency. (The Society Of Sports Therapists, 2012:2-12)

The minimum educational requirement for a professional sports therapist is a bachelor’s degree in sports therapy. At Graduate level, a Sports Therapist is exercised and practised in principles that have sound practical and evidence based philosophies with solid sport and exercise science foundations. As such, Sports Therapists who are Members of The Society of Sports Therapists must meet clearly defined competency levels which cover broad array of skills. This gives them the knowledge, skills and ability to work at all levels of the industry. (The Society of Sports Therapists, 2013:1-1)

At Graduate level, a Sports Therapist will have the experience, knowledge and understanding to compete for jobs in the Sports Therapy industry, although, as long as progressions are being made in in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries a professional will never stop learning. To provide a premier service, a Sports Therapist must keep up to date with all the latest in research and technological advancements. Information relating to industry research can be found on any reputable Sports Therapy governing body website e.g. the Sports Therapy Organisation, along with dates for guest speakers and seminars.

Governing bodies such as the Sports Therapy Organisation also work alongside insurance brokers to offer affordable insurance packages, like Balens, who’s cover includes Medical Malpractice, Professional, Public and Products Liability (Sports Therapy Organisation, 2014:1). Without Insurance Sports Therapists would be liable for any medical malpractice.

As well as having the appropriate qualifications, it is important for a practitioner to act professionally around clients/patients. While performing physical examinations or massage it is important to talk in a polite manner whilst also trying to keep the client’s modesty with relevant towelling techniques. (FHT, 2015:1-32)

In conclusion, If a Sports Therapist has the qualifications, skills and attributes identified in the text above, then a practitioner could be considered professional.

 

Reference List

FHT, F.H.T. (2015) FHT Code of Conduct and Professional Practice. [Online] Available from: https://www.fht.org.uk/fs/s/v/code_october15_final.pdf [accessed 31 October 2017].

Oxford English Dictionary, O.E.D. (2017) Definition of professional in English. [Online] Available from: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/professional [accessed 31 October 2017].

Robertson, P., Ward, K. and Di Leva, R. (2015) Routledge handbook of sports therapy, injury assessment and rehabilitation. London: Taylor and Francis Inc..

Society of Sports Therapist, S. (2013) What is Sports Therapy. [Online] Available from: http://www.society-of-sports-therapists.org/index.php/public_information/what-is-sports-therapy [accessed 30 October 2017].

Sports Therapy Organisation, S.T.O. (2014) Sports Therapy Organisation Insurance Scheme. [Online] Available from: http://www.balens.co.uk/services/customised-schemes/sports-therapy-organisation-insurance-scheme.aspx [accessed 31 October 2017].

The Society Of Sports Therapists, S.S.P. (2012) Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics. London: The Society of Sports Therapists.

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to Elliot Greed – Sports Therapy.

Just a little background on myself, I am currently studying a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy at the University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth. I am in my first year, so have created my blog to document all the key events and developments in my pursuit of becoming a qualified sports therapist.

Ever since I can remember I have had a passion for sports and the sciences. This passion has led me down a path where I have had the opportunity to work alongside professional sports therapists in a number of sporting environments, including the English Colleges U19’s Rugby team.

Being in my first year of university I am hoping to gain a wealth of knowledge and experiences to further my development over the next 3 years, enlightening future therapist to the demands of such a desirable course. I also hope to connect with current therapists, looking at the development of the field.

So, thank you once again for viewing my blog and I hope you enjoy whats to come.

 

Many Thanks,
Elliot