CQUniversity Physiotherapy students were ecstatic to apply their knowledge into a clinical setting at the Rockhampton Squash Open held at the Scottvale Health Club on 14-15 August 2021.
The Open tournament was originally planned to host a Professional Squash Association (PSA) event to attract elite-level athletes from around the world. However' due to COVID' the event was postponed.
Organisers decided to hold the Open tournament without PSA players in attendance and it proved to be a successful weekend.
CQUniversity Physiotherapy students volunteered their time to provide tailored treatments' massages' assessments' and strapping services to the participants.
Event organiser Mick Steffen commented on the positive feedback of the physiotherapy services received from the participants.
"There were less participants having to withdraw due to injury during the two-day tournament and no major injuries were sustained during the weekend." he said.
Fourth year Physiotherapy student Caitlyn Allison said she gained valuable clinical experience to practice her skills on patients of all shapes' sizes' ages and fitness levels.
The five students provided a total of over 50 services on the first day of the tournament' with some participants returning multiple times throughout the day for treatment.
CQUniversity Physiotherapy Clinical Educator Kasey Bonato said the outreach service helped to create awareness of the Health Clinic in the local squash community and allowed the students to gain clinical experience into the sporting world.
"It was a fun' busy and successful weekend for all involved'" she said.
"Overall' it was a great weekend of teamwork and service' and all students were very grateful to have been a part of it."
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