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03/08/2022

Top 3 Tips to Remember when Aspiring to a Career in Physiotherapy

Keen sports fan and want to combine your hobby with a career?  

Sport is a major part of our society. With football, rugby, golf, cricket, Formula 1, snooker, athletics, and much more, you can normally find that there’s something to watch or get involved in no matter what you like. If you are a sporty individual and like the idea of helping others on their road to recovery, a sports physiotherapy degree could be perfect. Football fan? This degree can give you the qualifications to join a premier league club as part of their physio team? Or perhaps, you find rugby more interesting? There are multiple career developments in physiotherapy and at the University of Bolton, our sports physiotherapy degrees are here to help you reach your full potential. However, due to the industry’s popularity, it can be difficult to venture into. Here are some top tips when aspiring for a career in physiotherapy. Welsh World Cup Rugby player receiving treatment in Bolton One

Choose an Industry that Interests you  

Job satisfaction is a vital element of a successful career. Someone is much less likely to excel in a physiotherapy career if they prefer football over rugby and end up pursuing a career as a first-team rugby physio. Therefore, by pursuing an industry that best meets your interests, you are more likely to benefit from a more satisfying career. How good would it feel to start out building your experience at your local football club and work your way up to eventually be providing aid to your favourite professional footballers? If you make it to this top level, being able to travel around the country is one of the benefits you can achieve with a career in physiotherapy. Not to mention the salary, graduates could expect a starting salary of around £24,000; increasing to £45,000 per annum once established. 

Science in Physiotherapy 

From simply being able to name what specific bones and muscles are in the human body, to be able to apply their uses and how to repair them, a science-focused education is incredibly important when pursuing a career in physiotherapy. When we talk about a science-focused education, what is meant by that is having a deep understanding of anatomy, biology, chemistry, and physiology to learn how to effectively treat clients. This will ultimately give you the knowledge to be able to manipulate a patient’s body as is needed for rehabilitation, and this knowledge will enable you to make measurements and run calculations to better substantiate your client’s recovery plan

Communication is Key 

Exercising good communication is a universal skill that is seen as an important contributor to success in any industry, but here’s how it can help you in a career in physiotherapy. While a big aspect of physiotherapy is the practical element of nursing someone’s health, your rehabilitation can become significantly hindered if your communication skills aren’t up to scratch. This is because there are many movements that you need to articulate to clients to direct them towards completing the correct exercises and having poor communication may damage their ability to effectively understand and visualise what you are telling them to do. A client’s road to recovery is also a 24/7 thing as consistency is key in helping them get back to full fitness in the quickest and most effective way. This means that there’s the importance of having good written and verbal communication skills to devise a recovery plan made up of exercises they love to aid their recovery further; ensuring that clients stay active in between sessions is an imperative part of success with a career in physiotherapy.  Fiji World Cup Rugby Player receiving treatment in Bolton One

Study a Sports Physiotherapy Degree at Bolton 

Like what you hear? At Bolton University, we help our students on their path to their dream career. Our supportive learning environment gives our students access to our £31 million sport, leisure, health, and research centre: our Bolton One building. As a sports physiotherapy degree student, not only will you have access to our state-of-the-art facilities, but we also give our students access to world-class placement opportunities with professional sports teams. Our Athletes Development Centre sees students work in clinics and in-specialist rehabilitation centres across the country. 
 
Perhaps, you want to build a career in physiotherapy but don’t want to go down the sports team route. In this case, our placement opportunities could also see our students working with the Ministry of Defence, members of the public, or even in clinical placements in the NHS, private clinics, or the voluntary sector.  

Alternatively, if you have been looking into physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation degrees either for yourself or your child, you might be familiar with the British Association of Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT). This is highly valued in the physiotherapy industry, and our courses are professionally accredited by them. Therefore, if you’re looking for a sports rehabilitation degree that will genuinely help your career, then Bolton could be a great university to choose.  

To find out more about our courses, for further information about university, and applying to study with us on our positive and friendly campus, get in touch at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on 01204 900 600. 
 
- BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy  
- BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation  
- BA (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching (Top-Up) 

Sports Rehabilitation Degrees through Clearing  

Want to secure your place at a leading Greater Manchester university for putting our students and their needs first? You have until 19 September to apply through Clearing. It would be a great route to take for those who were either late to the UCAS party and missed the deadline, or those who may have only just decided that university is for them. 
 
At Bolton University, our students love and enjoy #UniAsItShouldBe; a socially inclusive, friendly university that gives our students access to smaller class sizes and more one-to-one lecturer support, an award-winning Student Services Team, great facilities, and strong industry links. Hence why we have been voted first for Student Satisfaction for the past five years*.  

For further information on how to apply, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call on 01204 903030.  
Welsh World Cup Rugby players receiving treatment in Bolton One
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At Bolton University, we understand that visiting a university in person is a great way of judging whether you could see yourself studying there. We also recognise that choosing what university is right for you is a big decision and one that will stick with you for life. Therefore, we are proud to offer our Study Advice Sessions. An opportunity to come and meet us and ask us any questions you might have about university life. We have representatives available from our careers’ advice team, student finance, student services, and disability services.
  
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