26 May, 2008 – University opens its Sport Clinic doors for all
The university of Bolton is to open its new state-of-the-art Sports and Spinal Injury Clinic this week. The clinic will be accessible to the public and will offer the best in professional treatment to the whole community.
The clinic, specialising in musculoskeletal injury, sports science analysis and massage, will be open to external customers as well as university staff and students from Wednesday 28 May.
Its goal is to be ‘an indispensable asset to the university and the community,’ said University of Bolton Head of Sports Rehabilitation, Anna Everard. Anna has set up the clinic at the university’s Deane Campus with her support team of skilled senior chartered physiotherapists and sports rehab clinicians.
The clinic will also act as a training ground for Sports Rehab undergraduate students who will work in the centre, supervised by the clinicians.
The Sports and Spinal Injury Clinic is next to the university Sports Centre and site of the new £10.6 million pool, sports and health care complex due to be built in partnership with Bolton Council and Bolton Primary Care Trust.
Anna, a former physiotherapist with Bradford Bulls rugby league club, is determined to bring high quality, affordable sports aftercare to the whole community.
Prices start from as little as £10 for an injury assessment with a clinician and £7 for a treatment. A half-hour massage is £5.
‘Getting a specialist sports massage, or having a sports injury checked out by a sports clinician, can be an expensive business. We’re focused on bringing elite affordable sports injury care to everyone,’ said Anna.
‘This is a unique facility for Bolton as a town as well as a great skills-training ground for the university’s students.
‘Initially we aim to build our relationship with health clubs and private gyms, sports clubs and individuals, offering their members services and treatments.’
‘For students the clinic will offer opportunities to work with top professional Chartered Physiotherapists and we are already employing a University of Bolton graduate, Andy Davies, a sports rehabilitation clinician, who will be treating people with injuries, along with Fionnuala (Fin) Geoghegan who is an experienced chartered physiotherapist and part-time lecturer here.’
Andy graduated from the University of Bolton in 2007 and is a part-time sports rehab lecturer at the university. He is also works for Stoke City Football Club and is sports rehabilitator to the club’s 1st team and under 16s squad.
Its facilities have already attracted outside consultants, professionally renowned sports and spinal physiotherapists Harris and Ross, will be operating from the centre Monday to Saturday.
Said Anna: ‘We’re really excited to be working in partnership with Harris and Ross. Their professional credentials speak for themselves.’
Harris and Ross, who already have clinics in Altrincham, Manchester and Wilmslow, count sports legends Peter Schmeichel and Andy Farrell among those to recommend their physiotherapy talents and are current Head Physiotherapists to Wigan Rugby league and Great Britain Rugby League.
Source: University of Bolton press release