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Tuesday 8 January 2013

Benn Digweed: Sports Medicine and Science

Here we have Benn Digweed, Southampton Solent University’s Head Physiotherapist talking about Sports Medicine and Sports Science.

A fully chartered and state registered physiotherapy service for all.

The full time Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Service was set-up in May 2011.

With patients facing long waiting list to access NHS outpatient physiotherapy services,Southampton Solent University Physiotherapy Service gives in-house students and staff quicker access to physiotherapy to ensure reduced time away from study, work, sport or hobbies.

Members of the public now also benefit from the service with the chance to access quicker physiotherapy. There are currently no waiting lists!

Specific support for athletes and clubs

Working in elite sporting environments and with support from the High Performance Academy (HPA) Team, we have set-up a dynamic and innovative Sports medicine and science support service, putting the athlete at the centre of everything we do. We believe future patients and recreational athletes will strongly benefit from our improving expertise in the Sports Science field.

The University is also developing a successful Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy service for the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS) and a regular conditioning and injury prevention session for a local gymnastic group on Wednesday evening. In addition to this, we offer twice a week drop-in injury assessments and strength and conditioning sessions for all Team Solent members. These sessions, that are affordable for students, were set-up using qualified physiotherapy volunteers and sports science students, giving them a chance to practice under the supervision of our head physiotherapist.

Along with the HPA Team, the aim is to reproduce the multi-disciplinary sport science support team that professional athletes work within. This level of support aims to mirror the ‘team behind the team’ approach that helped Team GB athletes to such a successful medal haul. This also gives learning practitioners the unique chance to ‘have a go’ with a huge variety of university sports, and gain invaluable experience before they go into the elite sporting field.

Regular in-service training is given to staff, while a number of weekend physiotherapy related courses have been organised through the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACSPM) throughout this year. Staff who volunteer are being offered places on these courses in return for the time they have given up.

To talk to the physiotherapy team, please contact:

Telephone: 023 8201 3811