Wrexham FC players receive complementary therapy help from Glyndŵr students
Photo: Glyndwr University student Jenny Webb treats Wrexham midfielder Elliott Durrell
Students from Glyndŵr University are helping Wrexham FC’s first team squad with post-match recovery through complementary therapy treatments.
Under the supervision of senior lecturer Paul Battersby, final year students on the university’s Complementary Therapies for Healthcare degree have been holding weekly drop-in sessions for the professional footballers.
The link-up is providing players with the opportunity to experience the benefits of treatments such as massage, acupuncture and postural realignment.
In turn, students are gaining hands-on experience as complementary therapists.
Initial player consultations are conducted by team physiotherapist, David Spendiff, with students then delivering treatments under the supervision of David and Paul.
Paul said: “This valuable work with Wrexham FC is intended to give our students an insight into the 'real world' requirements of treatment, thereby better equipping them for life after graduation."
Midfielder Jay Harris said: "The effect of the treatment has been unbelievable. I haven't been able to run without backache for ages. I ran immediately after receiving my treatment with no ache or discomfort at all."
The rehab treatments being provided are the latest in a series of agreements designed to strengthen both Wrexham FC and Glyndŵr University.
This includes the Glyndŵr Wrexham Football Academy which allows professional footballers to study for a degree while continuing to play for the Dragons or a feeder club based in the Welsh football league.
Anna-Marie Brown, sports manager at Glyndŵr University, said: “As a university we are able to offer all of the sports teams which we host not only access to facilities but knowledge and academic expertise.
“This is another fantastic example of a partnership which is win-win for both the university and football club and we hope that Wrexham FC’s players are experiencing the benefits.”
As well as owning the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium the university has partnerships with a number of sports clubs including the North Wales Crusaders, Lex Glyndŵr and Wrexham Glyndŵr Futsal.