Sean Moriarty – Physiotherapy Through an Alternative Route
Alumni of Sports Therapy
Physiotherapy was always something that Sean Moriarty wanted to do. He had dreamed of working with athletes and teams in physiotherapy but didn’t have the opportunity when he left school. That pushed him in a different direction but not to a different destination.
Sean made his start through a Colaiste Íde PLC course called pre-university physiotherapy. After that PLC course, he chose Portobello Institute’s BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree as an alternative route to physiotherapy.
The PLC course was the first step, allowing Portobello to act as the second step. It was during his second step that he started working with athletes to build a base so he could apply for his MSc degree in Physiotherapy.
“The combination of practical and theory based modules provided me with a valuable base for progressing within the Sports Therapy industry. Without gaining this knowledge I would not have been able to seek work with teams and athletes in a professional capacity.
I’m currently working with two rugby teams within the same club and a GAA club. I am also providing a Sports Massage service which is currently based in a local rugby club.”
Since Portobello’s BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree is only three years, Sean could apply for his MSc degree in Physiotherapy a year earlier than he would have if he had joined another four-year sports degree.
The course work was intense at times for Sean but it was also enjoyable. He recognized that the learning would be directly applicable to professional practice once he had graduated. He gained confidence and developed tools that could lead him towards a rewarding career as he went through his modules.
“Noticing my skill set develop from scratch to confidently being able to practice sports therapy with a range of athletes and teams was my best experience during the course. With help from the lecturers I found the transition from the PLC course to the degree a lot more manageable than I expected.
Small class sizes meant that all of the tutors knew the students by name which motivated us to perform to the best of our ability.”
Coming through a PLC onto a degree programme is the road less traveled across the wider student bases in Ireland. It can be intimidating and challenging. You can sometimes feel out of place because you didn’t follow the standard CAO path.
But Portobello Institute has been fortunate enough to welcome students from PLC courses regularly. We’ve watched over students who have come through PLC courses and successfully gone onto masters degrees at some of the biggest colleges in Ireland and the United Kingdom.