Welcome to Canterbury Christ Church University – Our team are really looking forward to inspiring, supporting and working with you, as you begin your journey towards a rewarding career as a Graduate Sports Rehabilitator (GSR).

Mr Colm Gregory
Programme Director

We want to reassure you that we were students too once and we are aware that starting at CCCU is a real mixture of emotions for you in terms of excitement, anticipation, and a little bit of the unknown until you settle in. Remember this isn’t the first time you have done something like this (primary, secondary, college) and just like then there was a team of people who supported and guided you through the process. The difference this time is you are joining that team! You are a co-collaborator in the community of fellow students, technicians, administrators and teachers on the next leg of you journey as you work to achieve your goals.

In your first year you will cover 3 modules in the first semester and 3 in the second. In semester 1 we will teach you how to find your way around all the resources available to you through CCCU and start to develop your curiosity as we introduce you to become a researcher. We will start to learn about the anatomy of the lower limb and the common injuries associated with the ankle knee and hip.

Running in tandem with this we will start to develop our clinical skills in terms of how we interview the injured individual and try work out what might have happened. We begin to learn the various Sports Massage techniques to help us treat the bodies soft tissues (muscles and ligaments). We will review case scenarios to try to work out what injury has been sustained and how we might manage that person’s injury with the knowledge and skill we currently have.

We will also be getting you trained up and certified as a First Aider so you can offer basic courtside and pitch side first aid to the university teams. This term will be punctuated with trips to the anatomy labs for prosecutions where we will delve under the skin to see the lower limb anatomy in 3D.

In semester 2 you will start your journey in exercise physiology (learning about the body’s response/adaptation to exercise) and pathophysiology (the body’s response/adaptation to injury and disease). We now embark on part 2 of our anatomy where we will introduce you to the anatomy of the upper limb and its associated injury patterns. Building on and developing you Soft Tissue you will be expected to partake in the onsite Sports Massage Clinic which will be open to staff and students of CCCU. This will help you to finetune your skill under supervision as well as providing a valuable service to our CCCU community. This clinical experience forms part of your 400-hour minimum experiential learning over your 3yrs and will account for circa 70 hours in year 1.

Over the coming years we will support you in gaining supervised placements within the NHS but you are encouraged to find local placements in a variety of sporting opportunities to enhance your employability and entrepreneurship.

Online Appointment

For consultations, please book an online appointment here.

Getting started

Please visit this link which contains useful information and material to get started. 

Summer reading

In preparation for your arrival it would be worth you reading a couple of PDF’s from the BASRaT website and familiarising yourself with the content which will help you in your professional development.

Social Media

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Any issues please don’t hesitate to contact me on teams… @Gregory, Colm (colm.gregory@canterbury.ac.uk)

For more information visit course page

Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Colm Gregory
Program Director
Fleming Building (Fg33), Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU