Bristol Academy of Sport | Sports Injury Clinic
The Bristol Academy of Sport is part of SGS College and boasts some of the best sporting facilities in Further Education. We are partnered with both Bristol City, Bristol City WFC, Bristol Rugby, Forrest Green Rovers and the Bristol Flyers. We offer elite level coaching in American Football, Athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Female Football, Female Rugby, Football, Golf, Netball, Rugby League, Rugby Union and Table Tennis.
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Sports Injury Clinic

PROFESSIONAL CARE FOR OUR STUDENT ATHLETES

The Bristol Academy of Sport was given the grade of ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted as a result of the the added value services we provide for our student athletes including our Sports Therapist Department.

THE SPORTS INJURY CLINIC

The Sports Injury Clinic, based at the SGS College WISE Campus, was established in 2005 and it has grown steadily in hand with the formation and progression of the Bristol Academy of Sport.

 

The clinic has an experienced team of healthcare professionals who provide a variety of services to students in the Sports Academy as well as to the professional sports clubs linked with the college, including the Vixen’s women’s football side and the Bristol Flyers men’s basketball team.

 

The large spacious clinic is housed in the new Sports Academy Building, built at WISE Campus in 2014, and our students have immediate access to a fully equipped gym, athletics track and 4G surface pitches. This enables us to take patients from the couch to the gym and then onto their playing surfaces to ensure that their rehabilitation process are in accordance with the demands of their chosen sport and also that they can safely return to playing with a low risk of re-injury.

 

The services we provide include:

 

• Injury Assessment and Diagnosis

• Sport Specific Rehabilitation

• Sports Specific Return-to-Play Testing

• Injury Prevention Programmes and Sessions

• Pitchside First Aid

• Taping & Strapping – including Kinesio Tape

• Sports Massage

• Acupuncture

• Thermo/cryotherapy

• Electrotherapy

THE SPORTS INJURY STAFF

CRAIG BARDEN

 

Craig has worked at the Bristol Academy of Sport since 2010 when he graduated from the University of the West of England with a degree in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation. Upon graduating he was awarded the faculty award for high level of academic achievement and contribution to his profession.

 

Craig is the lead for the department ensuring that all students receive a good standard of care and treatment when seeking assistance from medical staff as well as keeping the department proactive in its prevention of injuries. He primarily works with the Rugby Union and Basketball academies. Alongside his years of experience, Craig also has additional qualifications in immediate trauma care, acupuncture, Kinesio taping and manipulative techniques as well as recently becoming a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

 

Outside of the academy, Craig currently works with the Bristol’s only professional basketball team, the Bristol Flyers, alongside completing a PhD in injury prevention in youth rugby at the University of Bath.

CHRIS UNDERWOOD

 

Chris graduated from the University of Worcester in 2010 with a degree in Sports Therapy and has a variety of experience in both private and sporting settings.

 

He has worked at the Bristol Academy of Sport for a number of years and has recently taken up a position with Gloucestershire RFU providing medical support to a number of different age groups. Chris has also worked for Bristol City Women’s Football Club for over 4 years, and was part of the supporting staff when the club reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in 2015.

 

Chris has additional qualifications in sports trauma management, Kinesio Taping with an expertise in exercise prescription and sport specific rehabilitation.

 

Chris plays rugby for North Bristol RFC and has an interest in Strength and Conditioning.

CONTACT DETAILS

Email: craig.barden@sgscol.ac.uk

Telephone: 0117 919 2614

Twitter: @SGSPhysio

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