University of Bedfordshire students will be able to treat and diagnose athletes and members of the public thanks to a new sports therapy diagnostic clinic.
Granted funding at the Vice Chancellor’s Student Experience Projects Dragons’ Den event in Bedford held on Monday, December 7, the clinic will be an extension to the free service already offered to staff and students at the university.
Budding sports therapists will, when the new Clinic opens, be able to refer patients to the diagnostic Ccinic, rather than sending them outside the university for treatment.
The project will give sports therapy students vital placement time and allow them to follow a patient from initial consultation to diagnosis and beyond.
Awarding £22k to fund the first year of the project – which will be self-sustainable from there on – was a panel of vice chancellor Bill Rammell, director of policy Debbie McVitty, director of academic development Mark Atlay, associate dean (student experience) for the education and sport faculty Ken Roberts and Bedfordshire Students’ Union (Beds SU) executive officer Melissa Wilson.
They also gave the green light to the proposal of a competition-level tumble strip for the university’s cheerleading and gymnastics teams to practise on.