Level 6 Sports Therapy students were given a soft tissue masterclass in myofascial “Rolfing” by Soft Tissue Therapist Dan Buchannon. Dan, who has been a practising soft tissue therapist for 10 years having worked with an array of elite sports teams including Bracknell Bee’s Ice hockey, Reading FC, Ipswich Town FC, and most recently Derby County FC.
Dan provided students his experience and insight into the challenges facing new graduates trying to break into professional sport, before passing on his knowledge of an emerging soft tissue technique known as “Rolfing”. The technique was completely new to the students and helped enhance the skill set for these soon to be graduates. The session included some unique methods of exposing the students to the realities of the myofascial matrix through the manual dissection and manipulation of raw meat tissue, before focusing on the application of techniques applicable to restoring ankle and hamstring function as well addressing postural faults in the torso and back.
The students excelled in their willingness to learn the skills and gain an appreciation of the treatment modality. The students reported “Its been great to have someone like Dan who is currently working in elite sport come in to show us new areas in which the industry is working. Seeing some the immediate effects and responses of the rolfing has been great too, and is something I definitely want to learn more about after today.”
Having just set up his own private practice (Go-Perform) in addition to his work with Derby County FC Dan finished the session with a Q&A about the important employability qualities within new graduates and discussed the importance for grauates to find their own niche area of expertise within the industry. The students further commented “hearing from Dan about the importance of networking, and the ways he has gone about building a reputation both in sport and private practice has been priceless, and has been a real eye opener for myself with just 2 months to go before we graduate”.
Dan commented himself “It’s been a privilege coming in and sharing what I can to the students both in terms of new techniques and helping them understand what takes for them to make their own ambitions a reality. They’ve all taken on board everything I asked of them, and if they can show that same working ethos as graduates they every chance of succeeding in this industry.”