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Chiropractic students have a sporting chance for hands-on experience

Published:08 May 2019

Left to right: Brett Stratton, Tyson Reed, Lauren Hunter, Dr Martin Harris, Jacob Deguara and Joel Pavlenko at the athletics carnival.

CQUniversity Mackay's Chiropractic Science students recently had a sporting chance to get some valuable hands-on experience.

Chiropratic teaching scholar Dr Martin Harris said the Mackay Athletics Carnival held over the weekend at the new Aquatic and Recreation Complex (ARC) was a great success for students.

"Our Chiropractic students attended the day to work side by side with the senior students," Dr Harris says.

"The students had an opportunity to see many sports injuries ranging  from sprain and strain injuries of the lower limb to muscle tears and ligament ruptures.

"One of the main conditions these athletes presented with was severs disease, due to the age of the children competing and the level of competition they maintain to get to these carnivals.

"The CQUni Chiropractic students were well received by the organisers and they were kept busy all afternoon. The big question was when will we be back for future carnivals."

Dr Harris said there was a nice mix of students from third and fourth years in attendance.

"Thanks to Lauren Hunter, Jacob Deguara, Lachlan Camilerri, Joel Pavlenko, Tyson Reed and Brett Statton who came on the day to assess and provide treatment to these athletes under supervision.

"The students have now had a taste for sports carnivals and look forward to the Oceanic Masters Championships being held at Mackay ARC from Saturday 30 August to Saturday 7 September 2019."

Recognised by the Chiropractic Board of Australia, CQUniversity’s industry-relevant Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) develops student capabilities in a range of spinal and patient assessment procedures, along with basic therapeutic approaches to common musculoskeletal presentations. This is the first stage of a two-part study sequence required to achieve full registration as a chiropractor.

On successful completion, students may continue onto the Master of Clinical Chiropractic. The Master of Clinical Chiropractic enables students to complete the educational requirement for accreditation as a professional chiropractor.