The “20 kilometers of Paris” race is traditionally an event where CEERRF students are present to help runners in their recovery.

Juliette student of K2 tells us about her experience:

“On the 14th of October took place the “20 kilometers of Paris”, a race carried out annually for almost 40 years which brought together more than 30.000 runners this year. This is also the name of the association that organizes and promotes this sporting event, as well as all sports and cultural activities.

About 30 CEERRF students came to bring their “helping hand” to relieve the athletes after the race. In pairs, the students were able to appreciate the runner’s clinical pain and signs, identify potential muscular tension and try to overcome it with deep massage and stretching techniques that were taught at the institute and linked to with our knowledge of anatomy.

If physiotherapy students from several schools were present, there were also students in pedicure-podiatry. I was very surprised to see them perform massages and stretching like us, physiotherapists apprentices, on people after the race. While going to inform me on official sites, I never thought to see at any moment appearing the terms “massage” or “stretching” in the decrees of competence or acts practiced by these last ones. Nevertheless they said, made and thus insinuated to the runners, potential patients, that they were fit to these practices.

This event is part of a more global and very current issue that is the tightness of skills between different professions that revolve around health, including physiotherapists. And the confusion generated by the multiplicity of the offer and sometimes the lobbying seems very important for the patients who do not really find themselves there. Take one of today’s runners who was supported by a pedicure-chiropodist student. Could not he say that he can very well go to a pedicurist-chiropodist for this kind of care after his next intensive sports efforts? A pedicurist-chiropodist can not, in his capacity, perform these acts.

A recent report “Kine, osteopath, chiropractor, which to choose? ” presented on France 2 channel has also been very poorly received by the entire profession because in addition to generating general confusion to a potentially consuming audience of care, physiotherapy has been under-valued (because reducing the physiotherapist to a reeducator who does not do prevention and whose expertise can be exploited by an osteopath). Our profession remains to defend to keep its uniqueness and singularity and what I saw today showed it to me.

Regardless of this aspect, it was a rewarding day with a perfect organization that allowed us all to practice and familiarize ourselves with the care of the athlete. The 20-kilometer race being very famous, we had a lot of sportsmen coming from foreign countries and with whom we could maintain a communication oriented (to use technical terms specific to our professional jargon) thanks to the professional English courses given to the students at the institute.

I thank Pierre Naura, Sports VP of the CEERRF Student Union, for his personal investment in order to involve CEERRF students in this event.

NB: The purpose of this article is not to criticize chiropodists but to illustrate a latent problem that does not concern only this profession.