This internship requires you to participate for a minimum of 4 weeks. We believe an 8 week position will give both you and the athletes a lot more value. We will also need a CV from you showing at least 2 years relevant experience (ideal for university students needing a placement experience after year two of their degree course). Please also note our FAQs for further advice.
Sports Physiotherapy in St Lucia
Physiotherapy in the St Lucian sporting community is a relatively under supported and misunderstood practise and there are very few practising physiotherapist on the island.
However as part of our sports physiotherapy internship, you will work closer with lead supervisor Rebecca Wilkinson in her sports clinic for local athletes, and may additionally get the opportunity to support and shadow one of the island’s top sports physiotherapist, who has experience working alongside top international sports teams. Both are CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) registered practitioners. By supporting the work of an accomplished and experienced physiotherapist during your internship placement your input will be working towards local and national teams and players developing a better understanding of the principles of physiotherapy and the importance of injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Your Sports Physiotherapy Placement
Your sports physiotherapy placement in St Lucia will focus on supporting the work of one of the island’s top sports physiotherapist at a local practise and our mobile clinic for athletes. Your experienced mentor will talk you through specific procedures and important elements of the practise so that you are able to familiarise yourself with the behind the scenes work within a working sports physiotherapy clinic. Whilst benefiting from valuable hands on experience with injured athletes, you will develop greatly as a sports physiotherapist by picking up knowledge on a one-to-one basis from your mentor.
During you mornings your placement will see you working within your mentor’s clinic, followed by afternoon /evening work with other senior male and female sports teams around the island. We have strong links to the St Lucia national rugby union team and also the St Lucia national women’s cricket team, as well as other national sports teams, so you will have the opportunity to gain experience working as a physiotherapist for these higher level teams.
Depending on the timing of your visit, and the relevant fixtures and schedules, you may also have the opportunity to assist as a sports physiotherapist during domestic and international sports events, matches and tournaments.
Sports Physiotherapy Internship Opportunities
Taking part in a sports physiotherapy placement overseas during your gap year, career break or student holiday is a fantastic way to gain experience in order to kick-start or supplement your career in the field. Whether you are in need of a university elective or placement, or want to take the time to gain valuable experience to boost your career potential, and overseas physiotherapy placement is the best way to work, travel and build up the experience necessary to progress in the field of sports physiotherapy.