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
Course 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 becoming 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 body’s 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. To build on your knowledge and skills in soft tissue treatment 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 fine tune your skills 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 3 years and will account for approximately 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

To support you in getting started we have prepared an online resource with information and some answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have a question that is not being answered in this Getting Started Padlet, please reach out and email (colm.gregory@canterbury.ac.uk) or book a face-to-face chat via the Online Appointment above.

Please visit the Getting Started Padlet using this link. We will add information to this throughout the summer, as it becomes available, so please check this regularly for updates to content.


Your welcome and induction will be w/c 20 September 2021 - we look forward to meeting you then.

Pre-course reading

In preparation for your arrival it would be worth you reading a couple of PDF’s from the BASRaT (British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers) website and familiarising yourself with the content which will help you in your professional development:

To support your learning below are several textbooks that you can access via the library when you arrive, but you might want to invest in some of these as they will travel with you for the next few years. I’ve starred the books I think will be worth buying. It is useful to note that the University Bookshop offers 10% discount on most titles in print and have some price-beating book bundles. They also price match Amazon on core texts recommended in the module handbooks you will receive when you start in September.

  • Stuart-Hoyle, M. and Wiles, J. (Eds.) (2012) Orientation to Higher Education: A reader. 2nd edn. London: Pearsons
  • Kenny, W.L., Wilmore, J.H. and Costill, D.L. (2015) Physiology of Sport and Exercise (6th Edition)
  • *Biel, A. and Doran, R. (2019) Trail guide to the body: a hands-on guide to locating muscles, bones and more. 6th edn. Boulder, Colorado: Books of discovery
  • *Brukner, P. and Khan, K. (2017) Clinical Sports Medicine. 5th edn., Australia. McGraw-Hill

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