Working with BASRaT to help Sport Rehabilitators make the most of their career
HCL Healthcare is a leading healthcare recruitment organisation in the UK for medical staff and a primary provider of Exercise Rehabilitation Instructors to the military across the UK.
The job of an Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor is unique to the Military and suited to those that have gained their BSc (Hons) in Sports Rehabilitation and are graduate members of BASRaT.Azure.
BASRaT is pleased such a link exists with this high profile recruitment company maintaining the professional level of employment on offer to graduates.
Sam McGill a Lecturer from St Mary's University College organised students to support those walking either a half or full marathon:
" They worked tirelessly from 8pm til midnight and even had enough energy to join in the aerobic warm up with the walkers at the end!. The feedback from the walkers was fantastic and many of them said that it was the best massage that they had ever had! The students were all so enthusiastic and a real credit to St Mary's, I was so proud of them. "
London Marathon – BASRaT students provide invaluable service
By Earle Abrahamson
" From Wednesday the 22 April until Sunday the 26th April, students studying sports rehabilitation at Middlesex, Salford and St Mary’s universities, provided sports massage therapy at the London Marathon expo and the marathon itself. Students were supervised by Earle Abrahamson, programme leader for the sports rehabilitation degree, Dawn Irwin, Rik Mellor and Lee Johnson. The majority of athletes required manual therapy in the form of soft tissue massage. Students were able to assess athletes, recommend appropriate treatments and then advise them on pre-race warm-up and injury prevention strategies.
On the marathon day, students provided therapy for the charity SENSE who raised over £1million. Materials were sponsored by MAXXIMED, who kindly donated oils and couch rolls. During the 5 day event, 884 athletes received therapy from the students, of which 400 were seen on the final 2 days. 30 litres of oil and 10 boxes of couch roll were used during the event. Students enjoyed the experience and were able to apply their training to practical and real-life situations.
On behalf of the charity, the expo team, and BASRaT, we would like to commend and extend our sincere appreciation to those students and staff who assisted us so ably with the smooth and efficient running of this service. We look forward to providing a similar service next year. Any students who would like to be involved with this event next year please do not hesitate to contact Earle Abrahamson. "
Sam McGill a Lecturer from St Mary's University College organised students from St Mary's to support those running for a collection of charities on the day of the marathon:
" It was a roasting hot day but what a fantastic atmosphere; London was in full swing and carnival mode for the Marathon on the Sunday- millions of supporters and runners doing their utmost to raise money for charity and reach their personal goals. All of this is wonderfully televised for all to see but what you don't see behind the scenes is another workforce of thousands! All the charity workers who work tirelessly prior to the event supporting and organising the runners and all the fantastic physical therapists and massage volunteers who look after the exhausted and emotional runners which I am proud to say St Mary's plays a big role.
For the past 4 years St Mary's has been providing a workforce of Sport Rehabilitation students who kindly volunteer their fantastic skills for the tired and exhausted runners. This year was no exception with 40 students working for Cancer Research, the Children's Society, the Mental Health Foundation and Oxfam. They were truly amazing and working tirelessly for a good 5 hours using a variety of physical therapy skills. All the charities were so grateful and I was so proud of the students. "
Cancer Research also gave some feedback via Sam to the students on the BASRaT Undergraduate degree programme:
" Your team are always so friendly, hard working and enthusiastic. In fact I look forward to meeting them as I know each year they will come in smiling and chomping at the bit to get going! We had around 252 runners who had massages, in 4.5 hours, between 24 therapists - amazing! In fact I had to re count as there was such a great flow of runners going through with such a small amount of waiting time, it felt like we had twice the amount of therapists! That was all down to you and your hard work, thank you. "
National Events Executive (Running)
Cancer Research UK
It is with a great sense of pride that I can report, as an associate member of BASRaT & Teaching Fellow of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine that, The Society of Orthopaedic Medicine Council voted this month in favour of opening up access to BASRaT graduates to their post graduate module courses at two venues: The University of Hull & The University of Teesside. These courses have been exclusively accessed by post graduate physiotherapists and doctors for the last 30 years. It is a fantastic opportunity to welcome BASRaT graduates into an internationally recognised post-graduate training programme.
The late Dr James Cyriax was the inspiration behind this practical hands-on course which aims to improve & refine your musculoskeletal diagnosis & treatment. By the end of the course you will have developed your ability to apply functional anatomy, established an accurate diagnostic approach and extended your clinical reasoning skills.
I was fortunate enough to secure a letter of support from Patsy Cyriax, a chartered physiotherapist & the late wife of Dr James Cyriax. We owe Patsy our thanks for her support.
Module A & B can be done in any order
Module A covers the cervical spine & upper limb. (4 DAYS)
Module B covers the lumbar spine & lower limb (4 DAYS)
Module C includes the sacro-iliac joint and revision of the techniques on modules A & B & EXAM
In Hull we normally run x 2 courses a year, one in late June & one mid- September. We are running a Module C in June. We look forward to welcoming you on Module A, Wed 16th- Sat.19th September 2009 at The University of Hull.
To establish this training opportunity has taken a long time. My late Mum sadly did not live to see me fulfil this achievement to share & broaden the opportunities for widening participation for orthopaedic medicine approach training for my own graduates of whom I am very, very proud . Without the inspiration of my dear Mum to encourage me through some tough times I would certainly never have achieved this for BASRaT.Azure. So for supportive Mum`s everywhere my late inspirational Mum.
BASRaT Executive Committee
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the University of the West of England (UWE) to the BASRaT family. We get numerous enquiries about accreditation, but there are very few institutions that are able and willing to meet the high standards BASRaT set. This made our accreditation visit to UWE both a pleasant surprise and extremely enjoyable. In January 2009, Angela Clough and myself visited both the main UWE campus and their Hartpury College centre to go over their Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation BSc (Hons) programme with a fine toothcomb.
It’s the strong and experienced Physiotherapy department that delivers this course; so many of the developmental issues normally present with a fledgling course were conspicuously absent. Douglas Pringle, the programme lead, and his team have to be commended for an excellent programme. It’s very obvious that a great deal of attention, care and professionalism has gone into this course and talking to the students, educators and some placement providers, it’s certainly not wasted! I’m sure UWE will be an important contributor to BASRaT over the coming years and I look forward to their first wave of graduates this summer.
And am I jealous that on a summer’s day I will be surrounded by the glorious urban sprawl of Manchester whilst staff at Hartpury look out over lakes and rolling hills? Not one bit…
" BASRaT students from Middlesex and Salford Universities provided exemplary sports massage therapy and sports rehabilitation to athletes at this year’s London Marathon. The Marathon event started on Wednesday 9th April, at the Excel centre in the Docklands and extended to the race day on Sunday 13 April.
University students, advised athletes on injury prevention, provided much needed sports massage, and ably assisted in ensuring that BASRaT was not only noticed, but commended for an excellent service. The sports massage service was co-ordinated by Earle Abrahamson, senior lecturer in Sports Rehabilitation, ably assisted by Dawn Irwin, lecturer in clinical exercise and physiotherapist, Andy Gall part-time lecturer, Neville Hall, and Rhonda Cohen, DOP for the sport and exercise science programmes. During the 5 days of marathon activities, the university students massaged over 1100 athletes, using over 60 litres of oil and over 500 metres of couch roll. The marathon was grueling for many, as temperatures soared both in and out of the therapy rooms. The Universities received excellent publicity through the provision of sports massage and therapy for the expo and the charity Sense. The director of Sense, praised the students for a job well done.
Many athletes have expressed their sincere appreciation for a service well done. The BASRaT students have been asked to render the same service next year, and have further been approached by sponsors and event organisers to develop an event team, to service major UK and Europe wide events. The expo organizers were so impressed with the high standard and professional conduct of our students, that interest has been expressed in extending the University services to other areas of the expo and race.
Congratulations to all the staff and students, who devoted their time and expertise to ensure that BASRaT shone at this years’ marathon. "
BASRaT member Naomi Chinn has recently won a £150 poster prize at the joint Symposium of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine & British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine held at the London Hilton on December 1st 2007.
The research was titled "A Systematic Review Into The Evidence Based Practice Of
Therapeutic Ultrasound In Treating Soft Tissue Injuries." - is there evidence out
there for using ultrasound in this area, and is it being used!
Naomi sent BASRaT some words:
" The area of evidence-based practice was central to my choice of research; I felt that tying this theory into the reality of clinical practice could provide some relevant findings and areas for further research. Electrotherapy and ultrasound had been something I’d encountered during my undergraduate studies and particularly during clinical placement. The findings have shown there is a need for practitioners to consider the evidence they use when making clinical decisions and the role of governing bodies, such as BASRaT to provide its members with relevant and up to date information to facilitate evidence based practice. Now on my development into the medical profession I aim to continue my research in the area of evidence-based practice and hope to facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of musculo-skeletal injuries. "
You can download Naomi's poster HERE .
Naomi is currently a first year medical student at the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and works with the National Fire Rescue Service Rugby Union.
BASRaT Member Carly Green has recently had an article published in the National Strength and Conditioning Association journal in the area of bench press and risk factors relating to injury. Carly sent BASRaT some words:
" The research involved in the original dissertation was key to my professional development and as a result has made the shoulder an area I specialise in and am very interested in still.
I am currently working with other collegues on an article about hamstring rehab, and contributing a small amount to a rehabilitation book, that Paul Comfort (Middlesex Uni) is working on with lots of others in the field of rehab/physio and strength and conditioning. I am hoping to continue my research into the shoulder and how different resistance exercises can effect or cause injuries. I would also like to pursue a masters, at St. Marys College possibly, in the near future and my UKSCA accreditation when i can afford to dedicate the time to it."
You can download Carly's journal in PDF file format HERE.
Carly is a Graduate Sports Rehabilitator, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and the
Founder and Director of Sports Injury Specialist Clinic (SISC).
BASRaT members can now enjoy 15% discount on books, DVDs and software from leading sports and fitness publisher Human Kinetics. The Human Kinetics mission is to meet the needs of sports participants, medical professionals, fitness enthusiasts, teachers and coaches worldwide. They do so by seeking out experts to create their products and by hiring educated and professionally qualified staff to develop those products.
Members can LOG IN for more info and a list of September 2007 latest releases.
BASRaT has been forging links with national and international organisations since it's inception and recently BASRaT Chair Steve Aspinall received a letter of support for BASRaT and the link between the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers and the National Athletic Training Association of the United States of America.
"On behalf of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association of the United States, it
is a privilege to congratulate BASRaT for the work being done to provide the best
possible healthcare to the active population of the United Kingdom. Both NATA and
BASRaT share the desire to regulate the practice of athletic training and Sport
Rehabilitation at the highest level possible, ensuring that our patients receive
outstanding care. Incumbent in this is that our educational standards are high and
are equivalent to a legitimate and challenging degree.
It was an honor to meet and visit with Mr. Steve Aspinall and Ms. Leslie Haig this past summer at our Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. Mr. Aspinall and Ms. Haig represented you in the highest possible way and impressed us with their professionalism and desire to improve the preparation, credentialing, and practice of athletic therapy in the UK. Since we share common goals and, frankly, in many ways, challenges, we should work together. By working in concert internationally, I believe patients around the globe will benefit from a higher level of care and support making participation as safe and rewarding as possible, whether their competition is in a formalized club or recreational team.
Congratulations to BASRaT and all the members who are working toward common goals, knowing that the road will be long and full of frustrations. By working together, however, whether in the United Kingdom or the United States, we can rest assured that our goals will be achieved regardless of the struggles of the journeys. I remain committed to your leaders and you and stand ready to support you in every way possible!"
Yours in athletic training and therapy,
Chuck Kimmel, President
National Athletic Trainers’ Association
On the 13th May 2007,Sports Rehabilitation students from Salford University, voluntarily participated in assisting ACL REHAB & INJURIES with providing a first class service to all the participants of the Liverpool Ladies 10k run.
The Sports Rehab students worked alongside graduate Sports Rehabilitators and Physiotherapists who were all affiliated to BASRaT.Azure.
They provided Pre and Post sports massage to run participants and were eager to learn and develop their skills, they definitely put into practice what they had learnt. They gave advice and answered queries from the runners relating to the benefits of pre and post event care, with emphasis to how best they can prevent further injuries and prepare for future events.
Our participation in the event was a great success, we provided pre and post sports massage to over one hundred runners! Plus had on hand expertise for all acute and overuse injuries. Many thanks, to the enthusiasm and professionalism shown by the team from Salford University‘s Sports Rehabilitator students.
Miss Amanda Li Bsc (Hons) GSR
BASRaT at ACSM Conference - New Orleans, USA - May 2007
BASRat member Tom Bennett recently presented his research at the American
College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The conference was well attended with over 5000 delegates, a significant number from outside the United States. The conference featured an array of presentations (Approx 2600) in the fields of health and exercise, sports medicine and physical activity.
“The opportunity to meet with a number of representatives from other health professions worldwide not only adds to our (BASRaT) aims to forge working relationships with other governing bodies but benefit from the experiences of others (Governing Bodies) in our quest for state registration”
The presence of BASRaT members and committee members at such a prestigious international conference shows we are abreast of the current climate in health professionals on the world stage.
This is to be followed by Steve Aspinall (Chair) and Lesley Haig (Training & Education) attending the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) conference in Anaheim , California next week !
Tom Bennett MSc (Sports Med) GSR
Tom Bennett is both a Lecturer on the undergraduate and postgraduate Sports Rehabilitation Degree Courses at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham and a practicing rehabilitation therapist with experience in a number of athletic fields. He received his master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of Nottingham.
In conjunction with sportEX and in association with the Sports Massage Association, BASRaT is pleased to be holding their Annual General Meeting within the sportEX 'Sports Massage and Sports Injury Rehabilitation' conference at the University of Bedfordshire in September this year.
A fully international line-up of over 15 highly regarded therapists will both be speaking and taking practical workshops.
Click this link to find out more - Conference Flyer !
NB: The BASRaT AGM is on Saturday 15th of September at 5:30pm.
A Marathon Effort for Middlesex University
By Earle Abrahamson
" Students studying sports rehabilitation, sport and exercise science, as well as collaborative foundation degrees through Barnet College, provided exemplary sports massage therapy and sports rehabilitation to athletes at this years London Marathon. The Marathon event started on Wednesday 18th April, at the Excel centre in the Docklands and extended to the race day on Sunday 22 April.
Middlesex's Sports Rehab degree is BASRaT accredited and the event was used as an opportunity to market BASRaT and inform the public of the role and responsibility of the sports rehabilitator and the growing profession.
University students, advised athletes on injury prevention, provided much needed sports massage, and ably assisted in ensuring that Middlesex University was not only noticed, but commended for an excellent service as the sole University represented at the pre-Marathon Expo. The sports massage service was co-ordinated by Earle Abrahamson, senior lecturer in Sports Rehabilitation, ably assisted by Marc Holl, part-time lecturer and physiotherapist, Andy Gall part-time lecturer, and Rhonda Cohen, assistant course leader for the sport and exercise science programmes.
During the 5 days of marathon activities, the university students massaged over 1000 athletes, using 60 litres of oil and over 500 metres of couch roll. The marathon was gruelling for many, as temperatures soared both in and out of the therapy rooms. Middlesex University and BASRaT received excellent publicity through the provision of sports massage to 2 charities, namely Sense and Bliss. Both these charities have written to the University to commend the students and co-ordinators on a highly successful day. Many athletes have expressed their sincere appreciation for a service well done. The university has been asked to render the same service next year, and have further been approached by sponsors and event organisers to develop an event team, to service major UK and Europe wide events.
Congratulations to all the staff and students, who devoted their time and expertise to ensure that Sport Rehabilitation was well promoted and that Middlesex University rubbed athletes up the right way "
More Photos here from Earle in a PDF document. CLICK HERE ! (1MB)