REactivities and much more

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Hello to all NYP PT students!

So, you have survived the first week of school. What’s next?

Aptly named REactivities (Recreational Educational activities), the students can look forward to more exciting action than just school life. Find out more about REactivities here.

For the PT14 students, the council will be collecting the SPA student membership and 6th SPASC forms soon!

For the SPA student membership forms, please also prepare a passport size photo (with your full name written at the back) and money. Please submit both forms as well as the photograph and cash as a class by 25 April 2014 to your assigned council member.

Cheers,

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Trying our hand at sports massage

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Editor’s Note: We do other activities besides just going for lessons. Here’s an event we participated that was both fun and enriching!

The day was Sunday, the 1st of December 2013. I awoke to the cacophony of multiple alarm clocks going off simultaneously. A necessity, thanks to my astounding ability to maintain slumber amidst the insignificant din of a solitary alarm clock. It is an ability that had been honed through decades of instinctively slapping the snooze button; evolved to its preeminent form.

Stumbling about my room and into my clothes, I steeled myself for the gruelling event ahead. The day had finally arrived.

I set forth from my house, as eager as the proverbial beaver, with a spring in my step and a smile on my face. Reaching the Padang around 7.30 am in the morning, I strode over to a cluster of white tents to register my attendance and receive my official T-shirt. Along the way, I passed by a banner which read “Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2013”.

But unlike the sea of blue tank-tops that flowed and ebbed about me, I was not a participant in this year’s marathon. I was a volunteer who was to provide recovery sports massage for the marathoners. It was to be an interesting and enriching experience all the same.

Under one of the larger tents, rows upon rows of massage beds were quickly filled with tired, toned torsos. More than 70 physiotherapy students started employing the techniques we learnt to appease the aching muscles of the athletes. It was reminiscent of a scene from a war movie. Except that instead of uniforms and war medals, these courageous individuals wore the pride of completing a full 42.195 km upon their chests.

Soon, the lines to the massage tent had thinned and eventually vanished altogether. I was exhausted but satisfied. There is much to be said about how rewarding helping someone else can be, but if hearing the words ‘thank you’ is icing on the cake, then that day I was on a sugar high from receiving it in abundance.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I would definitely want to do it again.

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Kinesiology

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Kinesiology, also known as human kinetics, is the study of human movement. We always call it in short as “Kine”. For kinesiology modules in NYP, there are practical and theory classes. Unlike other modules, we had more than 4 different teachers teaching us this particular module. It might be different for you, so it depends.

 

One of the very basic things that you’ll be learning

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For the 1st semester, we learnt about the introduction which included the different planes of the body and how to properly record treatments, range of motion (must remember all the values!), manual muscle testing (MMT) and palpation techniques of the upper limb muscles among other things. This forms the foundation of physiotherapy as it allows one to understand how much the patient has improved before and after treatment. As my classmate says, “the practical sessions allow you to apply all the theories you have learnt in lectures, all the knowledge of body anatomy after looking at models, and to combine all those information together in one single train of thought when looking at a patient”. It is perfect for those who are visual and kinesthetic learners.

For girls, this is adequate.

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The dress code for the practical lessons depends on which muscles we are palpating. For example, if we are palpating upper limbs we would need to wear singlets or any other appropriate clothing to adequately expose our upper limbs.

Example of a teacher demonstrating how to measure the range of motion of ankle dorsiflexion and plantar flexion using a goniometer

For practical sessions, normally the teacher will demonstrate what needs to be done on one student and we will observe and try to remember as much as we can so that we can practice on each other afterwards. We also get acquainted well with the goniometer which is a tool that measures the range of movement with respect to the joint. If you want to, you could purchase them so you can practice more on your family and friends at home.

Being physiotherapy students, we also need to build up our confidence and communication skills with the patient. Thus, practical sessions is the best time for us to train as the physiotherapists and our classmates help out by playing the role as patients. It really helps when your classmates give you the necessary feedback that helps you to improve. Of course, it’s only fair that you be the patient too(:

 

Any tips to ace kinesiology?

1. Kinesiology can get overwhelming very quickly due to the sheer volume of things required to know. So consistency is important to keep up for the class.

2. Come prepared for lessons by reading up on what you will be doing so you are not completely clueless when the teacher asks questions. A strong foundation in anatomy and kinesiology is a must as without it, you wouldn’t know where the muscle you’re palpating(feeling for) originates and inserts at.

3. Take each lesson seriously and practice what the teacher just demonstrated. This reduces your revision time greatly as it won’t be totally new material for you, leaving you more revision time for the other modules. Also, it gives you peace of mind and confidence to know that you have done it before so many other times already.

4. Work on different people all the time, not just your buddies whom you feel comfortable with, as your patients come in different shapes and sizes. Like any other subjects, a lot of practice is required for you to do well so make sure you put in the hours!

5. Communication is especially important when seeing patients. Take kine practicals as the opportunity for you to explain simply and clearly what you need your patients to do. Be creative and role play away!

Example of how we palpate and position our classmates

6. Since there is a lot of movement and change in positions involved, videos help greatly. To help you remember what the teacher demonstrated, you can take videos of your classmates doing the actions and use it as revision later. This is much easier than merely reading the descriptions of said actions.

7. There will be a lot of terms that you might not be familiar with, so for some clarity just pop by the library and look up the terms in the many reference books that is available.

 James