Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Hard work reaps rewards for graduate

Our graduates pursue careers across a variety of disciplines throughout the Sports Therapy industry.

Lewis Hiney graduated in 2013 and has progressed from a voluntary role with Preston North End FC into a full-time position with the club.

He has also set up Preston Sports Clinic based at CrossFit Spectrum Gym, where he regularly offers injury assessments and rehabilitation services to clients.

Lewis recently returned to UCLan to share his experiences with current undergraduates: "I did some work experience at Deepdale, before being offered a full-time season internship contract.

"I assist the Head Physio in assessment of injuries, massage and rehabilitation. I also help with matchday preparation for the reserves and youth team. In addition to this I set up Preston Sports Clinic and I also offer mobile Sports Therapy to the general public.

"It's hard work when you're trying to establish yourself, so it's important to promote yourself via social media and by word of mouth."

Lewis hopes to continue to develop his practice and has targeted a return to UCLan in the future to undertake a Master's in Physiotherapy. He believes Continual Personal Development is the key to success.

"I'd advise anyone looking to get into the industry to read as much as you can after graduating, so you remain as safe and effective as you possibly can. It's crucial to be confident as well – if you put people at ease, they'll have confidence in what you do and be happy to return in the future."

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