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HOLLY TAYLOR
British

Physiotherapy Work Experience Internship at a Swimming Club in Auckland, New Zealand

         

I attend a Swimming Club, Monday to Friday, as part of my voluntary work as a physiotherapist. A typical day at the swimming club starts at 4 pm. As the swimmers start to arrive, I single out those I have treated previously to see how they are feeling and whether they have done any exercises I may have set them and I then decide if they need further treatment. I then talk to the other swimmers to see if any new injuries or problems have occurred.

The main injuries I have treated so far have been shoulder pain, postural and muscular imbalances, general back pain, hip and groin pain, and quadriceps and hamstrings muscle aches. My treatments have consisted of massage, muscle strengthening and stretching programmes, postural re-education and general advice for day-to-day living. 

Many of the swimmers already see other physiotherapists for longer-term injuries so I have also worked through their programmes to ensure they are doing them correctly. I also assist the gym's fitness instructor in delivering flexibility and core and dynamic stability programmes to the swimmers.

I also work with the coaches to identify technical errors in swimming strokes, which may lead to, or have already led to injury.

The working ethos of the club is friendly and professional, and I encourage those interested in sports injury prevention and rehabilitation to complete this project. 

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