February 16, 2022, by Habbi Liton
BUCS Nationals 2022 | Team Behind the Team
Over the 18th, 19th, and 20th of February, the University of Nottingham will be taking 100 student athletes to compete for individual medals and to represent the #GreenandGold at BUCS National Championships. Our athletes will join around 6,000 students from across the country in Sheffield to compete for individual medals in 5 different sports: swimming, athletics, fencing, climbing, and badminton.
Every year the Sports Injury Clinic, at David Ross Sports Village (DRSV), sends 3rd year Sport Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy students alongside professional physiotherapists, and sport massage therapists to support our student athletes competing in Sheffield. This gives our Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy students hands-on experience like no other, working alongside top-class professionals and athletes.
Over the weekend our athletes require a range of different elements of support from our team such as strapping, sports massage, first aid cover, and hydration. Whilst there are medical staff on site who deliver pitch side sports trauma, our team will be in place to expertly triage our athletes effectively and efficiently. Sports massages are also offered to our athletes throughout the competition, whether that be before, during or after a day of competing.
Each athlete will have had access to our state-of-the-art Sports Injury Clinic in the lead up to BUCS Nationals, offering hydrotherapy, a concussion clinic, and the new gait analysis technology, alongside the sports massage and physiotherapy they will have access to in Sheffield.
Following the announcement that BUCS Nationals will be returning in 2022, UoN Sport was able to catch up with our Clinical Lead Physiotherapist, Sinead Lodge. Sinead has been working with University of Nottingham students all year and helping them build their confidence working in multi-sport environments.
Sinead told us how the team will work across all three venues (Ponds Forge, ICE and EIS), providing injury prevention, dealing with current injuries, and offering sport aftercare. Each day, the medical staff will be equipped with a plinth and a first aid medical bag to offer immediate support to the athletes.
Excited for the return of BUCS Nationals, Sinead commented: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to work within elite sport in a multi-disciplinary team and learning how physiotherapy and sport rehabilitation can help performance. We think its important having our students experience being part of the wider sport team within a competition environment..”
The Sports Injury Clinic will be setting off for BUCS Nationals again this year to support our student athletes. For more information on the Sports Injury Clinic here at DRSV, please click here.
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