ESPA: EIS Physios benefit from Paralympic-focused learning

By Mark Jamieson | 29/01/2019

Development opportunities for English Institute of Sport physiotherapists continued at the weekend (26-27 January 2019) as eight practitioners attended the Paralympic module of the Elite Sport Physiotherapy Accreditation (ESPA).

ESPA is a unique, practical based course accredited by the University of Salford. It was created and is delivered by EIS experts.

The Masters accredited learning opportunity comprises of six modules, which can be either completed in isolation or as a complete programme leading to a PG Certification.

Practitioners who work with Boccia UK, British Powerlifting, British Para Table Tennis and British Wheelchair Basketball attended the two-day event at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield.

The weekend focused on the development of knowledge, skills and contextual performance problem solving specific to para sport to support the practitioners in their delivery to sports on a day to day basis.

For the first time, the course was available to colleagues from the Home Country Sport Institutes (HCSIs), as opportunities and knowledge is shared across the UK High Performance System.

The Paralympic course was facilitated by EIS Paralympic Technical Leads Paul Martin and Dawn Ibrahim, alongside support from colleagues Tom Hignett (Lead Physio for Para Canoe) and Jill Crompton (Senior Physiotherapist and Head of Performance Support (HoPS) for Para Table Tennis).

Martin said: “It’s fantastic to be able to share our knowledge, experience and passion of working in Paralympic sport with colleagues to support them on their own journey. I’ve really enjoyed seeing colleagues from EIS and Sports Institute for North Ireland (SINI) working together and I’m sure the networking will continue long after this weekend.”

Seven weekend courses are currently scheduled to run in 2019, with 50 practitioners enrolled on at least one ESPA programme module.

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