Sports Therapy students lend a hand at Ironman UK

September 2014

BSc Sports Therapy Students have refined their techniques by providing post-event massages for athletes competing in the Ironman UK Triathlon in Bolton, Lancashire. 

The triathlon race consists of a 2.4 mile (3.86 km) swim, a 122 mile (180.25 km) bike ride and a 26.2 mile (42.2 km) marathon, all without a break. It is widely considered to be one of the most difficult sporting events in the world. 

Luckily for the athletes, UCB students provided six hours of professional sports massages to help increase their recovery. The students focused most of their time on leg massages as many of the challengers were very stiff from running over 14 hours. 

Charlotte Gautrey, UCB Sports Therapy lecturer, said: “The students were very professional and the athletes were extremely grateful for our help. The day proved to be invaluable industry experience for all students involved.”

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