Current Sports Therapy student John Daly speaks about his course at Portobello Institute and the opportunity presented to him with the recent Enduro World Cup Series.

An early realisation for John that Sports Therapy was the career choice for him was after completing his work placement in transition year in a Physiotherapy clinic which he loved.  From this moment he knew this was the industry for him.

A sports degree would be his route to getting to where he wants to be in his career and John started his studies with Portobello Institute in 2014.  Enrolling on the BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy which is awarded by London Metropolitan University was the starting point for John and with 1 more year to complete he is already excelling in his chosen sector.

The course is demanding with so much to learn across every module but as John nicely stated “it makes it easier when you love what you do”.

The course content set out is relevant with the ability to study both sports therapy and sports science in year one. This really gives students a strong foundation into which side of the degree they would like to pursue.

Putting theory and skills into practice requires confidence and John had the opportunity to let his ability shine at the recent Enduro World Cup Series 4th stage, which was held in Glenealy, Co. Wicklow.  This is the biggest Enduro event of the year, with over 120 professional riders from across the world taking part and John got to be part of the sports therapy team at this exciting world class event.

John admits he hadn’t heard of the event before Emerald Enduro made contact with him.  He was stationed in the Race Village for the entire weekend and along with a team he was treating a variety of riders.  This included the Pro men and women, Master's men and women and the Under 21's men and women.  

Overall, John spent three days supporting world class riders at the event including treating the 3rd best ranked rider in the world.  “I didn't realise who he was until I was told afterwards. I suppose it helps to not over think who you're working with and just treat them like you would in class.”   For John the entire weekend was a surreal experience! 

John’s love of sports therapy is apparent. He sees helping people as one of the main perks of the job. “Real job satisfaction is when a client gets off their support and is happy with the treatment. “ 

Satisfaction also comes from straight forward treatments such as a giving a client a post-event massage and seeing them go away happy.  

John would recommend sports therapy to anyone who loves sports and is willing to put in lots of hard work.

Future plans look exciting for John and classmates Dan O'Mahony and David Curran who plan on opening their own practice. All the very best from Portobello Institute on your future plans!

Sports Therapy is evidently an extremely rewarding career choice so why not turn your love of sport into a career you will love. 

Start your exciting journey by coming along to our Open Evening this Thursday from 5-7pm.