Are you thinking about starting a physiotherapy degree this autumn? Well, we have some advice for you.
But first of all, congratulations on your chosen career path. Physiotherapy is incredibly rewarding. Being able to assist people recovering from surgery, provide relief to people with disabilities and watch people recover from injuries are just some of the reasons physiotherapy is classed as primary health care.
Physiotherapy also has a sporting side to it the ability to support and care for athletes as they strive towards their goals. Because of this, we recommend getting familiar with your university’s gym.
There are often opportunities here to shadow and learn about sports massages in greater depth. Look at what sports societies are present at your university, join some teams and get to understand different sports.
Across the UK there are over 5,800 university sports teams competing in a variety of different sports so, you’ll have plenty to choose from.
This can help you learn why ‘latissimus dorsi’ is called the swimmer’s muscle and see why equestrian sports participants often need their sacrum adjusted. Experience the forces in rugby that make it a high-risk sport for knee ligament damage and much more.
Not only this, sports societies are a great way to make new friends - especially if you can offer some help to your new friends! Speaking of societies, most university courses or departments will have a society. This is a great way to get to know your classmates and get advice and support from those in the years above you too.
There is a lot of anatomy to learn for physiotherapy. Our top tip is to start early, try learning a muscle and its placement and function a couple of times a week to build up your repertoire. The human body after all has 320 pairs of skeletal muscle, time to start learning!