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A Letter from Canada - York University Providing a Great Experience for Lewis Bulmer

Lewis Bulmer is the 2018 winner of the Student Travelling Scholarship to York University, Canada. Lewis, who is a Graduate from York College in the UK, is spending time at the University’s Sport Injury Clinic in Toronto and he is being hosted by Dr Loriann Hynes and her family. Loriann is Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science at the University.

Lewis has sent us a glimpse into what life has been like so far.

‘My stay in Canada got off to a brilliant start as the first day I was here I went to Niagara Falls with the Hynes family which was amazing! It was then straight into university life after the first weekend and on to the campus. 

My first impression of York University was its size, it is huge and there are so many students here. It’s easy to get lost but I think I have been pretty good getting around.

I have been primarily based at The Sport Injury Clinic and my time has mainly been spent with the Varsity teams. The clinic is just the right size to accommodate the Varsity athletes, and is well kitted out with equipment such as exercise bikes, ultrasound machines and ice/hot baths for different modalities.

Head Athletic Therapist Britt, Clinic Supervisor, Tracy and Research Co-ordinator Thomas, also both Athletic Therapists, have been great. They have helped me integrate with the students and teams; learning from their experience has helped me as a therapist.

Thomas is involved in the University of North Carolina (UNC) and the Medical College of Wisconsin project looking at the role of active rehabilitation strategies in concussion management. I have been very fortunate to gain first-hand experience dealing with athletes going through their return to play protocols from concussion.

I have spent time with the American Football teams, helping with field work and taping before training. Then any injuries are assessed and treated in the clinic. 2nd and 3rd year students assess and treat under the supervision of the qualified Athletic Therapists in the clinic. The 1st year Students observe to get an idea of what it's like. From day one they are exposed to both field and clinic environments, which is great. Most of the injuries are lower limb or ankle sprains. There are two ACL surgeries currently in process followed up by rehab.

Life has been pretty busy since arriving but I have had some great experiences. I visited the National Ballet of Canada. It was amazing to see how the dancers knew just how their bodies were at all times and also knew exactly what the issues were. I also spent time with the professional Canadian Football League team, the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Their facilities are amazing and the team there were so welcoming and fun to be around. It was great to be pitch-side with professional athletes. 

While here I have been able to take in quite a few professional games including the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball Team, the Toronto Argonauts Football Team and I’m hoping to get to see Toronto Football Club. Back at York University I have also managed to get to an ice Hockey match. I was able to watch it from the bench and what an experience. The intensity and physicality of the game is great to watch.

I am very grateful to all the staff who have made the experience so incredible so far and in particular to Loriann and her family. They have made me feel so welcome from day one and just wanted me to make myself at home. Plus, the food they cook is amazing; I may have to take some recipes home!’

Editor’s Note

Some of you may be aware that Lewis undertook a placement at York City Knights Rugby League Club. He hasn’t been able to watch any live Rugby League games whilst in Canada but he was able to watch on TV the Knights lift the 1st Division League Trophy, after winning promotion to the Championship. What Lewis didn’t know at the time of writing was that Toronto Wolfpack, the Toronto professional Rugby League team playing in the UK, narrowly missed out on promotion to the Super League. Lewis will therefore be able to see the Wolfpack play in England and the great news for Lewis is that he will be part of the Knights’ backroom staff, having being offered the Sports Therapist role at the club. He will hopefully be revisiting Toronto on the return leg.

Congratulations Lewis and we look forward to hearing from you again once you return to the UK.

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