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CQUni's UniSport athletes supported by contingent of health students

Published:17 July 2018

CQUni Chiropractic Science and Podiatry students joined an integrated healthcare team who travelled with CQUni student athletes to the UniSport Nationals Div 2 event on the Gold Coast recently

CQUniversity was recently among 42 member universities to compete across a range of national standard sporting events.

Student Sport and Recreation officer Natalie Turner says the UniSport Nationals Div 2 event on the Gold Coast was a milestone for CQUniversity.

"This was the first time we have been able to collaborate between CQUni Sports and the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences," Ms Turner says.

"The UniSport Nationals Div 2 event saw more than 6000 student athletes head to the Gold Coast to compete in 11 different competitions.

"CQUniversity sent four sporting teams, with just under 60 student athletes competing in basketball, football and netball over the five days of the competition.

"An integrated healthcare students' team travelled with the CQUniversity student athletes to the Gold Coast for the competition.

"This unique integrated healthcare team provided CQUniversity's student athletes with injury prevention, allowing students to perform at their best during this intense competition."

Ms Turner said the CQUni healthcare team included Chiropractic Science and Podiatry students who were kept very busy with a wide range of requests from student athletes.

Final-year Chiropractic student Scott Young said the students were exposed to "a large number of athletes with a variety of sports-related injuries that we had learnt about previously but not yet experienced hands-on".

"The experience was invaluable and I hope it continues in years to come. It was a great opportunity for students to work with the athletes and for the athletes to see first-hand the benefits of chiropractic care. It was awesome to provide such a service to athletes who were visibly uncomfortable or in pain and to be able to help them to get back on the field," Mr Young says.

Chiropractic student Nicholas MacNamara added that "it was a great experience and it was really beneficial to see a large number of patients in a short amount of time".

"It was also really good to see that some of the treatments we gave had a direct positive influence in helping the athletes perform better," Mr MacNamara says.

Ms Turner said the experience was a great learning environment for the Chiropractic students.

"Not only did they get the chance to work courtside on the athletes, but they were also exposed to other CQUniversity healthcare students in an integrated healthcare model," she says.

You can find out more about the CQUni Health Clinics via:

https://www.cqu.edu.au/industry-and-partnerships/services/health-clinics