Corona-virus and training
at Sports Therapy UK


23rd March 2020.

It is clear the gravity of the situation globally and here in the UK is growing. We are all now aware of the immediate ramifications, but also some of the wider implications as we move further on. Inevitably these will increase before things start to get better, and one question everyone is searching for an answer to is ‘when?’ I am not even going to begin debating or trying to guess the answer to this as this would be quite futile. We are therefore preparing for a lengthy period of a national ‘shut-down’ the extent of which is bound to vary from week to week. We will look forward to when the time is right for us to offer practical training here in Hertford and to welcome you back, but we will only do this when the government and the W.H.O. deem it is safe for all concerned.

In the meantime, we will be doing all we can to support you and help you progress your learning in spite of the obvious limitations we are all facing. We recognise the added anxieties everyone will be dealing with over the coming weeks so we will be working hard to help reduce these with regards to your training with Sports Therapy UK. Here are some of the steps we will be taking:

Marking time for assignments:


We are diverting some of our teaching resources to reduce this as far as possible. We will keep you informed of how long to expect before receiving work back.

Practical training:


Where possible we will be recording more instructional videos to substitute the direct contact you would normally have with us. We are assessing each stage of training reached and how much going forward may be substituted by online instruction. We will liaise accordingly with each group to help you progress and will advise you of any variations in the level of direct contact required to complete your course. This will also involve us seeking approval from VTCT. Our aim remains to deliver the highest standards of tuition and to help you become both competent and confident in your professional capacity.

Tutorials:


We are exploring all options for online delivery and will use the most appropriate medium for each tutorial. We will notify each group as we create and make them accessible for you.

Support:


As we will not have the normal interaction with you, we will be using conference calls, skype, WhatsApp, emails, etc to directly support both groups and individuals.

Information:


We will distribute general news via newsletter, Facebook and would urge you to access and read these sources. We will try to generate interesting news and extra-curricular activities to help you through this period, plus tips on how you can interact with your clients.

Rescheduled Practical Training:


There will be a need to reschedule practical training dates. We will do this when we can be a little more confident that any revised dates have a greater chance of going ahead. I realise this doesn’t help when it comes to planning ahead and we would love to reschedule with confidence but that is simply not possible at the moment. We will keep you informed as things change.

Please make sure you continue to read all emails sent to you, and check the announcements posted on Canvas; these will be updated as frequently as necessary and we hope will provide answers to questions most of you are asking.

We look forward to staying in touch with you and wish you well.


Level 3 VTCT Sports Massage Online Course Instructions

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The Treatment Room
Tips, tricks and advice for you as Sports Therapy Practitioners.

Welcome to The Treatment Room where we will add tips and advice that may be useful to you as practitioners within your chosen field. If you have any you would like to share, please send them to tim@sportstherapyuk.com and we may publish your top tip soon. To receive notification of future posts to our Treatment Room please Like our Facebook page by clicking here.

When presented with a haematoma, the most important assessment is to determine whether it is inter or intra-muscular, the latter having the greater potential for complications if not treated correctly. If the fascia surrounding the muscle is damaged (inter-muscular), this will allow the exudate to spread widely allowing the body to reabsorb and remove these fluids more easily. The superficial signs of discoloration are often more evident although the discomfort related to the swelling is usually less.

An intra-muscular haematoma may be harder to observe as the bleeding is limited to a confined area where the increased pressure on the sensory nerve endings, often making this far more painful. In managing this type of injury it is vital that no further bleeding occurs into the affected muscle and that all efforts are directed towards removing the fluids before they become too viscous. It must therefore be emphasised that the person rests and does not undertake any activity that may open the recentlly sealed blood vessels. Treatment must include all manual therapy techniques aimed at dispersing the fluids from the damaged tissue and the practitioner will use verbal and tactile feedback, plus their expertise to determine the rate, intensity and duration of specific techniques towards this goal. No compression bandages are recommended at this stage although compression massage techniques may be the most effective in encouraging removal of fluids from the muscle.

IMPORTANT: If you have access to the person frequently during the first 3 weeks after injury and progress is clearly limited, it is advisable to refer to hospital where they may choose to aspirate. Here is a video link where a haematoma has not been successfully resolved and surgery was necessary to remove the congealed blood.

 



Managing injuries such as haematomas and understanding how to apply soft tissue techniques to influence the healing process is an integral part of our Level 3 Sports Massage course. This course is accredited by VTCT and provides a comprehensive starting point to a career in Sports Massage.

 

We also cover the assessment of a much broader range of injuries and other conditions arising from physical activity, in our Sports Injuries Course comprising 2 modules for Upper and Lower Body. These courses are accredited by VTCT.