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Sporting chance for students with launch of new clinic

Kristyna Lindovska

The clinic aligns with the University's mental wealth agenda

The University of East London has become one of the only universities in the UK to enable first-year sports therapy students to work in a specialist space with the launch of its new Sports Injury Clinic.

Located at SportsDock, the University’s world-class sports facility at the Docklands campus, the clinic will provide sports therapy students from levels 4-6 with access to a purpose-built facility to develop their skills and competencies.

“The University of East London’s degree in sports therapy, accredited by the Society of Sports Therapy, and this new clinic space are designed to enable our students to develop not only core competencies but, more importantly, employability skills,” said Earle Abrahamson, senior lecturer in sports therapy and programme leader for the sports therapy degree.  

“The clinic aligns with the University’s mental wealth agenda and provides our students with a suite of working cases to develop emotional, cultural, social, digital and giveback competencies.”

Led by students and mentors under staff supervision, the clinic provides members of the public with access to expertise and testing facilities.

The clinic is part of the new Applied Sport and Exercise Science Centre for Human Performance, established to support external users with state-of-the-art health, fitness and performance assessments.

As one of the first universities to enable students to develop their professional competencies early in their programme of study, the launch highlights the University of East London’s mission to become the capital’s leading sports university.

The University’s sports therapy students currently work at external events such as the London Marathon, Football Aid, and take part in work placements with organisations including the English National Ballet, British Diving and semi-professional football clubs.