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RCSI Transition to Health Programme 2016

01 March 2016

Twenty-three Transition Year students took part in a two-day programme co-ordinated by the RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) School of Physiotherapy, called the ‘RCSI Transition to Health Programme'. This initiative, held in February 2016, aimed to increase young students' awareness and knowledge of the importance of physical and mental health. The programme was delivered in the School of Physiotherapy Movement Laboratory at the College's campus on St Stephen's Green, Dublin.
 
A number of experts from the School of Physiotherapy delivered a series of practical workshops, tutorials and lectures to the Transition Year students on the topics of exercise, health and well-being. These included functional anatomy, muscle actions, the benefits of different types of sport and leisure activities and the problems with the overuse of smartphones.
 
Students were provided with the opportunity to use the latest in motion tracking technology to analyse movement and gait. The students also learned about building resilience and managing their mental health as part of the programme.  RCSI researchers from the Anatomy Department met with students and discussed their current work and research into materials being generated that will be used to maintain bones and joints.

Speaking on the Transition to Health programme, Professor Marie Guidon, Head of the RCSI School of Physiotherapy said, "With this initiative, we want young people to think about the various ways to develop and maintain good health.  We all know about the vital role of exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle but the importance of maintaining good mental health was also emphasised giving our participants a holistic understanding of good human health."

 

Staff from School of Physiotherapy, Professor Marie Guidon (Head of School), Ms Mary Boyd ( Lecturer) and Dr Helen French (Senior lecturer) with TYr students at the  RCSI Transition to Health programme.