The students participate in the College's Sports Therapy Clinic which is a fully functional clinic open to the public. Students assess the needs of the client and administer the correct techniques which can include: kneading, soft tissue release, joint mobilisations, stretching and heat therapy.
Steven Ross, Sports Therapy Award Leader said: "The opportunity to gain experience working with athletes outside of the College environment is invaluable. Events like this allow our students to experience what it is really like to work in a fast paced environment. They have to deal with a range of individuals, with different abilities and issues, following the completion of such a challenging event. It also provides a great opportunity for students to put their treatment and assessment skills into practice, and for tutors to gauge student progress and assess future learning needs.
"Seeing students in their York College Sports Therapy kit, working for a good cause such as Martin House Children's Hospice and St. Leonard's Hospice shows they are keen to develop and they are dedicated to represent the College in the community and their chosen profession."
Sarah Atkinson, Community Fundraiser at St Leonard's Hospice said: "We thank the Sports Therapy students for their help at the Yorkshire Marathon, they were invaluable and very professional. We had a lot of very positive feedback from our runners saying how grateful they were for the massages. The Hospice would love to see York College Sports Therapy student return to help at the event next year! Last year the event raised £54,000 from the marathon runners, making it one of the Hospice's biggest fundraisers. The money allows us to continue to provide specialist care for our patients and we are very grateful for your support."