The rapidly growing reputation of the BSc in Sports Therapy with Rehabilitation at Athlone Institute of Technology was further enhanced with the news that accreditation has been granted by Athletic Rehabilitation Ireland (ARTI).
As a result the AIT course is only the third in the country to receive accreditation from ARTI, following DCU’s Athletic Therapy and Training, and Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy in Carlow IT.
Not surprisingly the news, which came through on May 12, comes as both a huge boost and welcome reward for all those involved in the course, according to Course Co-ordinator, Siobhan O’Connor.
“ARTI accreditation is a great boost to the reputation of the course and shows the high standards that have been set, so we are all delighted with the news.
“The accreditation process is very stringent and took a number of months to complete. We had to satisfy the requirements of the Accreditation Committee in ARTI, co-ordinated by Fiona McVeigh, and an external assessor, Craig Gardiner from the University of Tulsa in the USA.
“The benefit for our students is that once they have completed their course, they can become full ARTI members and get their professional indemnity from ARTI”, added Siobhan, who added that the new facilities in AIT are a huge benefit as they include the international arena and therapy rooms.
The core team at the BSc in Sports Therapy with Rehabilitation includes, Siobhan O’Connor (ARTC), along with chartered physiotherapist, Anna Postawa, biomechanist Dr Niamh Ni Cheilleachair and physiologist, Diane Cooper.
The team is aiming to build on the great advancements made over the past two years, as plans for the future centre around developing a course that is adapted to suit modern requirements.
AIT also is ensuring that all Sports Therapy students gain certification in Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council of Ireland (P.H.E.C.C.) approved courses in cardiac first response and emergency first response.
The course is also in the process of developing international placements in the US and Canada to allow students spend up to six months abroad practicing their skills
Staff on the BSc. in Sports Therapy with Rehabilitation course are keen to develop research into a variety of topics primarily implementing musculoskeletal pre-participation screenings and analysing the epidemiology of injury to identify methods of preventing injury and increasing performance in adolescents.
In addition, Siobhán O Connor and Dr. Niamh Ni Cheilleachair are supervising the first research masters in the therapy area in AIT looking at the effects latent trigger points have on injury prevention and performance, which is beginning in September.