Sports injury clinic moves online to continue support during pandemic

Categories: School of Health and Society

Students and staff at the University of Salford are adapting services to continue to provide support to the local community during the coronavirus lockdown.

Charlotte Park

Usually based on the university campus, the Sports Injury, Exercise and Rehabilitation Clinic has now opened its doors online to operate a free virtual service. 

The clinic is run by Sport Rehabilitation students, who are supervised by two members of staff. It is free for students and colleagues at the university and usually £10 for members of the public, but services are now being offered free of charge to everyone during the lockdown. 

People with an injury or other musculoskeletal complaint can email Salfordsportsinjuryclinic@salford.ac.uk for an appointment.

Demonstrator in Sport Rehabilitation, Charlotte Park (pictured), said: “The virtual clinic is working really well and we have had very positive feedback from patients. Our students have adapted brilliantly – the fact that they are taught how not only to prescribe exercises but how to instruct people in carrying them out has really come into its own with the switch to online consultations.”

One client who had used the service said: “The appointment was great and worked well online. It is so good to be able to tap into your knowledge and expertise and finally get on a path to complete recovery.”

Charlotte explained: “This is such an important service to continue. Clients who are suffering and in pain would really be struggling as no clinics are open at the moment, so the fact there is someone to talk to via video call who can help and give them exercises to get onto the road to recovery is great. 

“Whilst of course we can't touch the patients, we can instruct on how to self-massage, stretch and complete exercises. If we didn't continue this service patients would potentially be in pain or suffering from discomfort for a long time.”

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