International kudos for Wintec sport centre

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Wintec Sports Science and Human Performance students have received top level accreditation for their efforts in the Biokinetic Clinic, based at Wintec’s Rotokauri campus.

The award came from the American College of Sport Medicine’s global initiative ‘Exercise is Medicine (EIM)’, and was a result of Wintec’s efforts in hosting events to engage students and the public in physical activity and wellness.

Wintec is currently the only international campus recognised with gold level accreditation.

Recently Wintec student and EIM ambassador Tanja Allen travelled to Boston to attend the annual American College of Sport Medicine conference to receive the award and become ambassador for the initiative.

Tanja Allen (centre) receiving her award, with Robert Sallis (Exercise is Medicine Advisory Board chairman) and Carena Winters: (faculty member in the department of exercise rehabilitative sciences at Slippery Rock University).

Tanja Allen (centre) receiving her award, with Robert Sallis (Exercise is Medicine Advisory Board chairman) and Carena Winters: (faculty member in the department of exercise rehabilitative sciences at Slippery Rock University).

“Globally, we have this problem of poor health from preventable lifestyle diseases. Clinical exercise physiology is the pathway to try and solve that problem, where we use exercise as medicine,” she says.

“I was very humbled to have been given the opportunity.”

The Biokinetic Clinic, managed by academic staff member Glynis Longhurst and run by eight Wintec students at post-graduate level, provides personalised rehabilitation and physio for chronically ill people as well as muscle-skeletal physio for those with sports injuries.

“Globally, we have this problem of poor health from preventable lifestyle diseases. Clinical exercise physiology is the pathway to try and solve that problem, where we use exercise as medicine.”

The clinic runs on a referral system at the final phase. This means that once a patient has been seen by their GP and referred to physio, they will then be referred to the Biokinetic Clinic for 12 weeks of free rehabilitation to regain and maintain their initial level of performance.

The Biokinetic Clinic not only offers physio and rehabilitation services, but provides a safe, happy space for clients to connect and form friendships with one another, complete with picturesque views of green meadows just across the road.

The clinic plans to maintain its gold accreditation by continuing to pursue partnerships with healthcare organisations, and hosting and attending exhibitions.

By Anna strong and Archer miller

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