CEERRF students confront their knowledge with the reality during sporting or charitable events. Thus, students participated to the “Bacchantes” race organized for the benefit of prostate cancer research. This race was supervised by a physiotherapist graduated in 2017.
Maeva, a sophomore, tells us about her experience.
“Saturday, November 11, I was able to participate to a solidarity event organized by Antoine CHENU, our VP Solidarity. It was an 8 km race called the “Bacchantes”, for the fight against prostate cancer. This is a famous race, gathering around 2000 runners who must wear a mustache (a real one, or a comic strip) to support the cause. We were 20 students and a young graduate of the CEERRF to volunteer to run a massage stand at the end of this race.
The goal of attending this solidarity event was to facilitate the recovery of runners, relax their muscles and relieve them while listening to their expectations. For this, we worked in pairs, most often a first year student (K1) teaming up with a one or two years older student (K2 and K3). This allowed us to teach more to K1 and guide them thanks to the experience we gained during our internships.
Since I joined the CEERRF, I had the chance to attend multiple solidarity events, and I found that this one was particularly well organized. We had beautiful and comfortable massage tables, instead of the usual simple tables, and we had all the necessary equipment available (massage cream, gel to wash hands between each runner …). Runners could therefore appreciate a moment of relaxation and recuperation offered to them. This event was very enriching for me because it allowed me to apply the new methods that I learnt this year and during my internship, including strain relief. It is a technique that reduces muscle tension, and can be useful for the recovery of the athlete. I was able to use this technique on the main muscle groups solicited during the run (especially in the triceps sural, quadriceps and hamstrings).
I was also able to listen to some runners who had many questions about non-race pain, tips to remove the pain, self-stretching techniques, etc. What I like most about our profession is the human contact and the assistance given to patients, and in this case to the runners, thanks to our rehabilitation techniques, as well as our listening and attention skills. This approach allows us to take the patient in its entirety, with its bio-psycho-social context so that the care is complete to treat them, put them in confidence and reassure them in the best conditions.
It is always with pleasure that I volunteer for this type of experience that enriches me a little more each time, depending on the people I have to take care of. I will do it again without any hesitation.”