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For Immediate Release

4 June 2018

Physiotherapy Students will carry the SMU flag high at the 2018 Comrades Marathon

Going to the 2018 Comrades Marathon for the 43 final year physiotherapy students rank as their career highlight. Supervised by physiotherapy lecturers, namely Ms K Raphokwane and Ms NA Sobantu, the students will be going to Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), on Wednesday 06th June 2018, on what has become an annual pilgrimage, for these and other physiotherapy students from eight universities offering physiotherapy programmes.

However, these students are not going to run the 90 Kilometre down run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. They will be at the 2018 Comrades Marathon to heal the aching limbs of the thousands of elite runners taking part in this ultimate race, as Comrades Marathon is commonly known.

By tending to thousands of the comrades marathon runners, these students will be reaping the benefits of exposure to a very diverse critical mass of super athletes who are limping and carrying all sorts of niggling injuries, to the race. They sustained these injuries during preparations to the race from which they need to heal so that they can be able to complete the gruelling race, win prizes for their hard work and the adulations of the masses of fans of the race.

The students will be working shifts. They will commence their work at the Kingsmead Stadium Expo Centre, in the Bonitas Medical Stand, on Thursday 07th June 2018 from 15h30 to 19h30. On Friday 8th June from 8h30 to 12h00 and then participate in the strapping and team spirit competition from 12h00 until 14h00. On Sunday, during the race, they will be stationed at the finish line of the race in Moses Mabhida Stadium, in the medical tent from morning until late afternoon.

They will be giving therapy to 21 213 registered athletes to expedite their healing after pounding their bodies for 90 kilometres, after the race. These students are a privileged lot. Whilst treating these super athletes, the students will also get the mandatory and requisite clinical exposure to a very wide spectrum of sports injuries, over four days. Ordinarily, the students would acquire this kind of experience over the years, practising as physiotherapists.

For these students, the Comrades Marathon platform enables them to fulfil their physiotherapy curricular obligations in which they are expected to accumulate in service learning experience from tending to their patients and also rendering community service for this community.

The students are not the only SMU community members who will be carrying the flag of SMU high, at this premier athletics event. They will be joined by the following staff members who will be sweating it out in the streets of KZN, namely – Dr Matsontso Mathebula, of the health and Wellness Department, Mr Patrick Motiang, the librarian, Mrs Queen Ziphethe, ITC department, Mr Modisa Khosie, librarian.

Released by the SMU Marketing & Communication
Contact Dr Eric Pule, the Director, Marketing & Communication
Phone 012 521 4563