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Physio students jump at chance to treat volleyball teams

25 July 2014 - 3:11pm

Four physiotherapy students kept Britain’s most talented young volleyball players in peak condition during a recent tournament.


Beach volleyball

Students treated competitors at the Sandbanks beach volleyball festival in Poole. Photo: Lee Chitticks

The Bournemouth University undergraduates gave sports massages and treatments to some of the competitors at the annual Sandbanks beach volleyball festival. This took place in Poole, Dorset, from 6 to 7 July and attracted 140 teams.

Luke Lymbourides, Mariamme Abduallah and Sam Coleman were three of the second-year students who took part. A fourth, Charlotte Jones, said: ‘Opportunities like this allow us to recap our skills from our first year at university. We did a lot of taping of ankles, shoulders, wrists and knees.

‘As many of our placements are in hospitals or in a community setting, it is interesting to experience acute injuries – especially with under-16s, as paediatrics placements are rare. These opportunities will help when we are looking for jobs as we now all have experience of working with paediatric patients.’

Physiotherapy lecturer Susanna Bentman said: ‘It was great for our students to be involved in the event. Volunteering their services at sporting events helps build their skill base, and they really value and enjoy the experience.’

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