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Service Learning Experiences in the Degree of Science of Physical Activity and Sport

Health prescription for physical exercise

  • Coordinator: Maria Reyes Beltran Valls (reyes.beltran@euseste.es)
  • Community organization: Siel Bleu Catalunya Foundation
  • Summary: The Siel Bleu Catalunya Foundation has been given the responsibility to implement the activities of Amposta town hall, which has created a series of healthy trails for senior citizens. The initial aim of this initiative, which has been running for several years, was to encourage the elderly to increase their physical activity. However, the age limit was reduced to 55 years after it was observed that there was a large sedentary population. Students involved in this project collaborate with the responsible member of staff by making observations and analyses and assisting in the activities, which are conducted as a component of the programmes of the Siel Bleu Foundation. Students suggest ways in which the activities can be improved and evaluate the performance of participants as an indication of their overall health and quality of life.

Physiotherapy in primary care

  • Coordinator: Núria Besalduch Canes (nuria.besalduch@euseste.es)
  • Community organization: Clinical care service 
  • Summary: Students make evaluations before suggesting and applying treatments. These are not medical treatments and students have to suggest which treatment to apply depending on their assessment. At all times the students will be under the supervision of a physiotherapist tutor, who will supervise the assessment, discuss the proposed treatment, be present at the treatment, offer a critical assessment, and evaluate the progress of both student and patient.

Geriatric physicotherapy

  • Coordinator: Núria Besalduch Canes (nuria.besalduch@euseste.es)
  • Community organization: Sant Miquel Arcàngel’s Nursing Home in Tortosa
  • Summary: Students conduct prior observations before designing a plan of action. They then present their plan to their tutors at the nursing home, who validate the plan and implement it with their patients. The students then reflect on their experiences. In this way, students bring a breath of fresh air to the working environment and patients benefit from a change in treatment or approach, which can often be monotonous for both patient and caregiver. The students should try to be innovative while always following the rules and guidelines of the nursing home and working under the supervision of their tutor.

Optional mentored practice: research, sport, hydrotherapy

  • Coordinator: Núria Besalduch Canes (nuria.besalduch@euseste.es)
  • Community organization: Family association for people with special needs
  • Summary: Students conduct prior observations before designing a plan of action. They then present their plan to their tutors at the nursing home, who validate the plan and implement it with their patients. The students then reflect on their experiences. In this way, students bring a breath of fresh air to the working environment and patients benefit from a change in treatment or approach, which can often be monotonous for both patient and caregiver. The students should try to be innovative while always following the rules and guidelines of the nursing home and working under the supervision of their tutor.