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    22 Apr 2018

    Year 4 THEi student of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports and Recreation Management, Raymond LAU, provided physique training and sports therapy for the Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team for eight months last year under the guidance of teachers

    Year 4 THEi student of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports and Recreation Management, Raymond LAU, provided physique training and sports therapy for the Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team for eight months last year under the guidance of teachers

    Year 4 THEi student of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports and Recreation Management, Kathy IP, provided physique training for the Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team

    Year 4 THEi student of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports and Recreation Management, Kathy IP, provided physique training for the Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team

    Year 4 THEi student of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports and Recreation Management, Kathy (left), supervising physique training for the Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team

    Year 4 THEi student of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports and Recreation Management, Kathy (left), supervising physique training for the Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team

    Raymond (second from right) is testing a  team player of the Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team on the gravity of her torn anterior cruciate ligament

    Raymond (second from right) is testing a team player of the Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team on the gravity of her torn anterior cruciate ligament

    THEi students help an injured athlete in rehabilitation training

    THEi students help an injured athlete in rehabilitation training

    The Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team wins the qualifier match for the Asian Games to be held in Jakarta in August this year

    The Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team wins the qualifier match for the Asian Games to be held in Jakarta in August this year

    Year 4 THEi student of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports and Recreation Management, Raymond LAU, provided physique training and sports therapy for the Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team for eight months last year under the guidance of teachers
    Year 4 THEi student of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports and Recreation Management, Kathy IP, provided physique training for the Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team
    Year 4 THEi student of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports and Recreation Management, Kathy (left), supervising physique training for the Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team
    Raymond (second from right) is testing a  team player of the Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team on the gravity of her torn anterior cruciate ligament
    THEi students help an injured athlete in rehabilitation training
    The Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team wins the qualifier match for the Asian Games to be held in Jakarta in August this year

    THEi students provide physique training and sports therapy services for Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team

    When there is a successful sports team, we naturally expect the guidance of a good coach to be behind it. We should not, however, forget the important role of those responsible for physique training and sports therapy. The Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team recently won the qualifier match to successfully enter the Asian Games, to be held in Jakarta in August this year. A group of students of the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports and Recreation Management programme from the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) were oganised into units for practical training. Together they provided physique training and sports therapy services for the outstanding hockey team for more than six months last year, under the guidance of teachers.

    Kathy IP and Raymond Lau are both Year 4 students of Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports and Recreation Management. Between May and December last year, under their teachers, they helped train the Hong Kong National Women’s Hockey Team once every week, with Kathy working on physique training and Raymond on sports therapy.

    Tailored training regimen
    Hockey team members playing different positions have different requirements of their physique and so there is a need for the sports club to devise tailored training regimens for each of them. Kathy and Raymond treasured the opportunity to participate in devising the plans for the team. They pointed out that broad-based physique testing is needed before a tailored training and therapy solution can be formulated for the sports players. Kathy provided some examples. “First we have to ascertain the muscle strength of different parts of the body. Also, equipment is used to measure the bone structure and balance of muscle strength of the right and the left sides of the body. Then, their posture in standing during the day, running and so on will be examined for correctness. Based on the reports, tailor-made physique training and sports therapy regimens will be devised.”

    Kathy said, “Say, the forward player is judged for her explosive force, and the centre halfback and defence for their endurance. Different positions call for different training plans. Take the goalkeeper as an example. Her training focuses on the strengthening of flexibility. As the hockey puck will slide to the goalpost at high speed and the goalkeeper will very often have to split leap to intercept the goal, so she needs extensive and systematic stretching exercises beforehand.”

    As far as therapy is concerned, Raymond said it is common for hockey players to get their lower limbs hurt with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the knee, anterior knee pain, and jogger’s heel. Raymond will specifically tend to the player with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, pre-and post-surgery. “I use cold packs, massage, electrotherapy, ultrasound, and application of Kinesio taping to prevent further hurt and safeguard the injuries. I will also partner with Kathy to arrange light weight training exercises for the injured to strengthen their muscle force so as to heal inflammation as early as possible, alleviate pain and take care of their injured parts for an early return to the sports ground.”

    Kathy and Raymond felt happy for the athletes and immensely satisfied with their work after seeing them return to competition and put in peak performances after receiving training and treatment.

    Accumulating practical experiences
    THEi Teaching Fellow I of the Department of Sports and Recreation under the Faculty of Management and Hospitality, Amy LIP, led the student team on this occasion. She said not only are the students able to put into practice what they have learnt, they are also provided with the opportunity to get in touch with world class athletes in Hong Kong, be exposed to the real life working environment, and understand job requirements. All this will facilitate their future entry into the job market. The programme curriculum of THEi is comprehensive, covering three areas; sports coaching, sports therapy and recreation management, all of which are touched on in the first two years of study. In the third year, students begin to develop their own specialisms. The programme is recognised by the Society of Sports Therapists of the UK and graduates will be accorded the status of student member.

    Majoring in sports coaching, Kathy pointed out that this specialisation covers a wide range; performance measurement and analyses for both training and competition, sports biomechanics, sports psychology, and strength and conditioning for sports performance, which help her to achieve her goal of becoming a sports coach. Raymond found the prospects of sports therapy promising, as it is needed by full-time and part-time sports teams alike, as well as patients sustaining injuries. All of them require the care and treatment of sports therapists which makes him look forward to a career in sports therapy.


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