Sean - Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Studied: BSc(Hons) Sport Rehabilitation.

Sean worked in elite sports with Yeovil Town Football Club and Somerset Cricket Club during his work placement. He also represented UWE Bristol at football and helped us triumph at Varsity in 2010. He has future wins in sight - on and off pitch.

Portrait of SeanWorking with sporting heroes

The practical nature of UWE Bristol's Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation degree course (now called BSc(Hons) Sports Rehabilitation) appealed to Sean when he was choosing where to study. Also, the opportunity to work with top sporting clubs in the region.

"Very rarely are you stuck in a lecture hall watching PowerPoint presentations. The vast majority of the time, you are learning skills in hands-on sessions. And one of the best things about the course is having professional placements alongside teaching."

Sean did two placements in his second and third years - one with Yeovil Town Football Club, the other with Somerset Cricket Club.

"I'm sport mad, so the chance to do these placements was brilliant. Basically, they involved shadowing the physios and helping athletes make a full recovery from injuries. This covered the whole spectrum – from prevention through deep tissue massage, to full injury rehabilitation.

"It's a challenge working under the high pressure of an elite sporting environment, but it's a fantastic experience. Getting up close and meeting cricketers I'd seen and admired on television was a bit surreal at first.

"It was interesting applying what I'd learnt to two different sports. With football, injuries tended to be lower body with the occasional freak dislocated thumb by a goalie. With cricket, we were dealing with shoulders and backs – hardly surprising when you’re bowling a ball at 90mph.

"I went to every home game for Somerset Cricket Club and could have watched Yeovil play every Saturday. If you love your sports, it’s the perfect course."

Sean couldn't make Yeovil's matches because he plays for Bideford AFC semi-professional football team. He is also in UWE's Men's Football team, and helped them win Varsity in his first year. He became captain the year after. Now it's someone else's turn, but Sean is still scoring goals with future wins in sight – on the pitch and on graduation.

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