I have been practicing taping on all areas of the body with kinesiology tape such as Achilles, elbow, shoulder and knee. I took some photos of the first lot I attempted but not the rest. I attempted many different ways of taping such as both ways to tape the achilles and the different ligaments in the knee this is because not all of sports therapy is massage. Below is some of the taping I have been practicing:
On Friday 11th May Plymouth Marjon University hosted a Sports therapy and rehabilitation conference which included a wide range of events. The day started off with a key note session from Professor Kathy Myburgh of South Africa, she is a professor of physiological sciences and presented her studies and what she would like to find more about. Students then presented their studies orally and then in a poster exhibition.
The afternoon consisted of 3 workshops of Using a trackman golf simulator to inform injury management in golfers, The benefits of pregnancy massage and the social support in an injured athlete. The first workshop I attended was the golf simulator where Sammie Giles, professional golfer, would explain the basics of a golf swing and slow down the movements to look at the biomechanics. The area we focused on was the Thoracic and hip rotation from start to finish in the movement. We then looked at stretches and warm ups for these movements to reduce the risk of injury from the golf swing.
The next workshop was pregnancy massage and the benefits, the session started off on contraindications, when and where to massage and how. We then practically had a go with dealing with a pregnant client and how you would go about it and the techniques you would use. The day finished off with a 3 course meal and an after dinner speech from professional golfer Sammie Giles and how she has overcome barriers such as injury in her sporting career.
This week I had a very different role during my open clinic session where I would not be the person treating clients but I would run the clinic by welcoming clients and appointing them their own Sports Therapy student to recieve treatment from. This allowed me to have an insight into the different roles in the clinic and gain experience in all different areas.
I experienced my first open clinic session where I would massage people I knew and some people I didn’t know for 2 hours to allow me to get the chance to build on my confidence and experiment new techniques with actual injuries. My first client had general tension in the upper back/ Scapula area from lots of rugby training and gym work and I relieved the tension through massage. My second client again had general tension from rugby in the quadriceps and adductor muscles and some tension was relieved through massage but more sessions would be needed. Both the feedback from both clients were very good and gave me some areas I could work on for example my small talk to make them feel at ease as they were nervous receiving a massage. These hours all count to my compulsory 50 hours needed over the year and my next open clinic session is on Wednesday 14/02/18.