Monday, 13 July 2015

Students boost skills at Preston Armed Forces Day

UCLan Sports Therapy undergraduates put their skills to the test as they supported one of Preston's biggest events of the year.

Huge crowds descended on the city for the Preston Armed Forces Day celebrations, which featured a variety of activities, displays and entertainment.

The event also coincided with the Kings Royal Hussars homecoming parade, a Preston regiment celebrating their 300 year anniversary.

Supervised by Lecturer Rob Hamilton, the students spent the day working with competitors at the Preston Strongman event, ensuring they recovered quickly from the stresses and strains of the contest.

Our Division has supported numerous events this summer, including the Cross Bay charity challenge and Blackpool's Strongest Man.

Rob said the experiences gained were invaluable to the students' learning experience: "It was another fantastic day to practise and perfect techniques on these giant athletes.

"There was a strong ask for soft tissue therapy coupled with a number of sport related pulls and sprains, which allowed the students to further develop their skills."

One of the group, Obed Attah, has already built up an impressive CV during the course of his studies, including working with Preston North End Women FC and the Rugby Football Union.

He commented: "Having the opportunity to massage some of the strongest guys in the North West has improved my clinical handling and I've developed new skills for my final year. Rob supported us throughout the whole day, showing us techniques he's developed as a physio over the years."

To view a selection of images from the event please click here. For more information about the UCLan Sports Therapy course please click here.

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