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 graduated from the University of the West of England in 2010 with a degree in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, while he also picked up the faculty prize for high level of academic achievement and contribution to his profession.

 

He has worked at the Bristol Academy of Sport since graduation where he is primarily responsible for the medical provisions to the Rugby Union, Basketball and Golf academies. Craig has experience in professional and international football and  currently looks after all the medical facets for Bristol’s professional basketball team, the Flyers.

 

Craig has additional qualifications in Sports Trauma management and Acupuncture, while he has a strong passion and interest in injury prevention.

 

Outside of work, Craig is a keen sportsman and plays rugby for his local club, who recently won a national title at Twickenham.

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 providing his expertise to the the men’s and womens’s football academies as well as the colleges growing rugby league programme.

 

He currently works with the Bristol Academy Women’s Football Club, and helped the club reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

 

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

 

Chris plays rugby for North Bristol where up until this season he was the first team captain.

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