UTS Physio Students make an impression
UTS Master of Physiotherapy students gained valuable experience at the 49th Annual Koori Knockout, providing strapping and massages to players and community members. The students were busy and challenged, and very well-received by the community.
Ten UTS Master of Physiotherapy students spent the long weekend at Tuggerah Sports Complex for the 49th Annual Koori Knockout Rugby League competition. Their participation was supported by the ASTIR Australia, who donated all the equipment, the UTS Graduate School of Health Indigenous Health Discipline who funded accommodation, and UTS Sport who provided a large tent and t-shirts for all participating students. As part of the event, the students strapped over 200 players throughout the weekend, and performed over 150 massages for Elders, players and referees.
Part of their participation saw students strapping and massaging high profile NRL players who were so impressed on day one of the tournament, that they returned the following days. Some even giving our students a ‘10 out of 10’ rating for their work. Jai, a 2nd year UTS Master of Physiotherapy student said, “People have been so receptive. It has been awesome to be involved."
The UTS Physio students felt well-received by the Koori Knockout community, with current student Daisy saying, “It is nice to be welcomed into the community setting. We have been welcomed with open arms.”
It is nice to be welcomed into the community setting. We have been welcomed with open arms.
Student, Master of Physiotherapy
The students also found the experience extremely beneficial to their own learning and professional development, with Jai reflecting “We have been able to practice, and find that different techniques work for different people, and we were able to share techniques and skills with each other”.
The students also agreed that participating in the Koori Knockout was vital for their personal development. Student Gabby said, “I have never really left the area I grew up in, so it is really nice to be immersed in the Indigenous community in such a positive way.”
The community grateful for the work of the students, with one player commenting, “Thank you so much for giving back to the community, we really appreciate it.” By day two, players and community members were actively searching for the UTS tent. A female Elder said “You are too deadly, I can actually walk now!”
The UTS Physio students are already planning for the 2020 Knockout.