18 April 2018

Last week, Sports Massage Therapist Ben Mortlock delivered a masterclass at Brooksby Melton College, giving Sports students the opportunity to learn from his expertise as a Sports Massage Therapist for the England National Football team.

Ben was invited into the College as a guest lecturer, where he delivered a double session on the range of massage techniques used in sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. The masterclass included a practical session, where students were able to learn a range of sports massage techniques.

FdSc Sports Science student, Philip Green, commented ‘I thoroughly enjoyed learning from Ben about the effectiveness of massage at high levels in sport, as it has helped me to better my own personal massage abilities and theoretical knowledge. I will use the experience of learning from Ben to help further pursue my interest of massage”.

Mo Susso, who studies BSc (Hons) Sports Science, added ‘Ben’s session on applying manual therapy to rehabilitation was excellent, as it allowed me to gain experience in applying manual therapy effectively. This has helped me to understand which techniques to use when applying it to athletes, and has furthered my knowledge and experience to prepare me for the future.’

Curtis Holmes, BMC Sport lecturer and Sport HE lead, said ‘Massage is a huge part of sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. Having Ben come in to share his insights and experience in sports massage was an amazing opportunity for our students. He was able to show us how some of the top athletes in the world are cared for and the massage techniques he uses to keep them fit and injury free. He was also able to give students individual feedback on their massage techniques as well as show them more advanced techniques that they might use after a little more practice. This was an inspiring day that has several students ‘hooked’ on massage and may have changed a few students’ potential careers.’
Ben’s session is one in a series of guest lectures that BMC Sport students have benefitted from this academic year. In February, GB Boxing Head Analyst, Chris Connelly, spoke to a selection of Sports students about his career in elite sport, highlighting the importance of work experience, and outlining a typical day in the life of a sports analyst. Chris also spoke to the students about his work with top athletes such as Nicola Adams and Anthony Joshua.

Chris said of the College ‘I was really impressed with the sport provision on offer at BMC, and the excellent facilities they have here. Students have exposure to elite sport within the College, which is brilliant in regards to them gaining experience within this area. It was great to see the interest they had in elite sport and my role, there was a real urge to learn, which speaks volumes about the students and the staff at BMC’.

BMC offers a selection of Sport and Sports Science courses, ranging from Level 2 through to Degree Level. Housed at BMC’s Brooksby Campus, the £3.6 million Sports Science complex includes a floodlit 3G pitch, a full-sized multi-functional sports hall, a sports science lab, and a strength and conditioning gym featuring five Olympic weight lifting platforms. Sport students at BMC also have the opportunity to be selected for sports academies in partnership with Leicester Tigers RFU, Mansfield Town FC or Leicester Women’s FC, giving them the chance to train with professional coaches from the clubs for up to 10 hours per week, in addition to representing the clubs in competitive games.

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