Jamie Judge – How an Interest in Physiotherapy Brought Her To Adidas HQ

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy


Physiotherapy was the goal for Jamie Judge when she was in school.

A keen basketball player growing up in Dublin, injuries meant she spent a lot of time in the physio clinic, and she enjoyed learning from the different clinicians she went to.

However, she was adamant she would be unable to meet the minimum points requirements demanded by physiotherapy courses around the country.

Instead, she had to look at more accessible routes to what was still her dream career, which brought her to Portobello Institute.

“I started to research ways I could study a bachelor’s degree that interested me and would also allow me to go on to study a master’s in physiotherapy.

“I came across the Sports Therapy course in Portobello”, she said.

Jamie then entered Portobello’s application process of an interview with a member of our team to assess previous experience and fit for the course. It was a process that put her mind at ease.

“I was worried because if I didn’t get into the course, I was at a loose end with what to do next, so I definitely turned up to the interview stressed.

“When I was interviewed, I was completely put at ease and felt like I was chatting informally to somebody with the same interest in sports therapy as me,” she said.

At Portobello Institute, we ensure that our tutors and admissions team have the same passion for their chosen field that our students have.

Another thing we pride ourselves on here is our ability to give focused attention to our students, a sentiment shared by Jamie.

“Before I studied in Portobello, I studied in a big university in Dublin. I felt unconnected to the lecturers and people in my class.

“The numbers and my class in Portobello were perfect. The classes are smaller and more personal, making asking questions and having discussions easier than in bigger universities.

“My whole class got on really well, so that was great. We had some good connections with lecturers too which made learning easier,” she said.

And for Jamie, she was able to get out of his time exactly what she had intended, going on to study a Master’s in Physiotherapy at Glasgow Caledonian University.

And, since then, she has taken an amazing career step.

“I was working as a sports physiotherapist in Germany up until recently. I’ve now started my dream job in the Adidas HQ offices in Germany where I’ve been able to combine my love of all things fitness, health, science and physiotherapy!

“I’ll be designing and creating fitness content and articles for the running and training apps for Adidas, which I think is very exciting!” she said.

For anyone who is, like Jamie once was, at an impasse in life and is unsure of the next step, her advice is clear.

“Generally, I always stick to the ‘you only get out what you put in’ quote.

“Sometimes class hours a week can be short in college, but it’s generally expected of you to do the work on the side, so do the work.

“Study something you have an interest in because it makes it so much easier. Volunteer in the area while you’re studying so you can add it to your CV,” she said.

Portobello Institute has a dynamic sports department with a range of top qualifications for the next step in your career.

If you are interested in any of our sports courses or have any questions you can book a consultation call with our expert sports advisor Jason Lester, email [email protected] or call 01 892 0029. 

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Jamie Judge – How an Interest in Physiotherapy Brought Her To Adidas HQ Jamie Judge – How an Interest in Physiotherapy Brought Her To Adidas HQ