Staff and students gain experience at international sporting events
Invaluable experience gained at World Athletics and ParaAthletics championships
Staff and students from the University of East London’s (UEL) Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy courses contributed skills and expertise at this summer’s athletics championships in east London.
UEL staff provided medical services at the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (which is walking distance from UEL’s Stratford campus) from 14-23 July at the World ParaAthletics Championships and from 4-13 August at the IAAF World Athletics Championships.
Volunteers included lecturers Earle Abrahamson, Colm Gregory, and Ray Lam. Liz Nicholls, Physiotherapy Programme Leader, was seconded to both events and worked as the venue medical manager, co-coordinating all medical services.
New Physiotherapy graduates were also invited to volunteer as part of the medical teams at the championships.
Ms Nicholls said, “I was delighted to be able to offer this exciting opportunity for our new graduates and I was so proud to work alongside them.”
Although current students were not considered experienced enough to work as physiotherapists at the championships, they were still able to gain valuable experience by shadowing colleagues who regularly work at professional sporting events.
Sports Therapy students and new graduates were invited to offer a massage service to the international press and broadcast teams.
Sports Therapy lecturer Earle Abrahamson said, “The journalists were seated for long periods of time, or were carrying heavy camera equipment. They were extremely grateful for the massage services provided by our team.”
Mr Abrahamson was full of praise for all the UEL students.