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By Paula Clayton, MSMA

APR 2013

a great way to boost one’s experience (and make contacts). When I first qualified I volunteered because I wanted to be the best, and variety of experience was key.

I’m asked often what I think about volunteer work in our profession. It’s I

wasn’t fussy about who, how long or how difficult. I wanted every scenario thrown at me so that I would be able to handle anything and not be afraid.

But I think there are lots of people out there who will take advantage and if you’re not prepared to volunteer, someone else will, it’s the nature of the job we do. The question is when does it cross the line from being useful experience to exploitation? It used to be that the physios were seen as the ‘low man on the totem pole’ compared with their medical counterparts. This mantel seems now to have passed to the soft tissue therapists, we are not yet considered a primary service requirement by many. Elite sport throws another spanner into this particular works…we get to work with high profile athletes, so surely that’s enough recompense for our time?

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If you are currently volunteering somewhere and have been there for some time, take the plunge, speak to someone in charge and broach the subject of either contracted or employed work. What’s the worst that can happen, they say no and you have a decision to make. They may just acknowledge how valuable you are and take you up on your offer. What have you got to lose? If you have 2 minutes complete this very short survey ( to see how we compare as a profession. We’ll publish the results via the blog at

7 Instrument-assisted soft4 Journal watch This quarter’s latest research

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