25 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 aims to increase young students awareness and knowledge of the importance of physical and mental health. The programme ran from 22nd – 23rd February in the Physiotherapy Movement Laboratory at the Colleges campus on St Stephens 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 which taught them about exercise, health and well-being. These were be based on functional anatomy, how muscles work, the benefits of different types of sport and leisure activities and the problems presented by overuse of smartphones.
Students got the opportunity to use the latest in motion tracking technology to analyse the movement and gait of the human body. The students also learned about building resilience and managing their mental health as part of the programme.
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 will also be emphasised giving our participants a holistic understanding of good human health. RCSI researchers from the Anatomy Department will also talk to students about their current work and research into materials being generated that can be used to maintain bones and joints.”
RCSI is ranked 46th in the world for ‘International Outlook and #251 – 300 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2015-2016). It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide.