Student Highlight: Where Are They Now?
Paula Kinsella | IT Carlow, Ireland
Paula Kinsella, a graduate of Ireland’s Institute of Technology Carlow, was one of the first students selected for the International Clinical Affiliate Training Program (IACTP). Since her placement, she has gone onto to work as a Sports Rehabilitator/Athletic Therapist with the Irish national track and road cycling teams from Junior to Elite levels, within the collegiate setting running a rehabilitation clinic, with local GAA teams, and recently set up her own clinic. Paula’s experiences have also taken her around the globe with Cycling Ireland’s Para squad. During this time, she was able to learn about interacting with athletes with a variety of challenges, including visual impairment, amputees, and neurological disorders, and how it affects their movement and sports medicine. She is hoping to make the trip to Rio in 2016 with both cycling teams, as they fight for a medal.
Paula says, “I feel like this placement greatly prepared me for my job as a Sports Rehabilitator/Athletic Therapist. In Stanford I got to work within a multidisciplinary team who took a holistic approach to the treatment of high performance athletes looking at not just treating the symptoms but investigating the root cause of the athlete’s pain or injury.”
She continues, “I have taken this approach into my own rehabilitation assessment and treatment to ensure every patient has the greatest chance of a successful rehabilitation. During my placement I had the opportunity to work with elite athletes and gain firsthand experience of what is required to work with and rehabilitate athletes to a high performance level. Working in this environment gave me exposure to working with teams where organizational skills, time management, and being able to work under pressure were essential.”
Stanford Sports Medicine played a tremendous part in Paula’s development as a clinician and professional, as she notes “My placement in Stanford made me want to strive to do my best with every patient; always want to learn and enhance my skill set and gave me a passion for working with high performance athletes. I couldn’t be happier with my choice to work within the Stanford Sports Medicine Department and would recommend it to anyone!”