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Physiotherapy student’s practical training in Norway: Sara Salerto’s experience

Sara Salerto, 22 years old physiotherapy student is doing her clinical practice in Oslo, Norway.
– Muskelklinikken is partnered with Hintsa Performance which is best known for its work with Olympic athletes and formula 1 pilots. I was particularly interested in doing my clinical practice at this clinic because of this connection.

21.4.2017 | By: Sara Salerto & Anne Sankari | Photo: Sara Salerto photo album

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Sara Salerto was born in Mikkeli, Finland but was mostly brought up abroad in different countries in Asia (Laos, India, Sri Lanka). She is in her 3rd and final year of studies.

How did you choose PH in Pori?
I have completed all my earlier studies in English. That is the primary reason why I decided to apply to an English physiotherapy program which then led me to move to Pori (as SAMK is the only university in Finland and Scandinavia where it is possible to study physiotherapy in English).

What is most interesting in studies? Do you have favourite areas or fields in physiotherapy?
What I like most about this profession is how there is such a large variety of different options for areas/fields in physiotherapy that you can work in later on –  you can work in the private or public sector, with neurological clients, pediatrics, sports teams…and the list goes on.

Right now it is still too early for me to say what it is exactly that I would want to do but I'm interested in musculoskeletal disorders and sports physiotherapy.

You are doing your practical training in an interesting place? Where – and how did you get there? I'm currently doing a clinical practice at Muskelklinikken, a private clinic located in the city center of Oslo, Norway.

Muskelklinikken is partnered with Hintsa Performance which is best known for its work with Olympic athletes and formula 1 pilots. I was particularly interested in doing my clinical practice at this clinic because of this connection. I am personally very interested in the Hintsa holistic human performance philosophy which originates from Dr. Aki Hintsa's work. My supervising physiotherapist here is currently developing Hintsa Norway, works as a Hintsa performance coach and is a part of the Hintsa biomechanics science team.

Muskelklinikken is partnered with Hintsa Performance which is best known for its work with Olympic athletes and formula 1 pilots.

What does you practical training consist of? What else is needed but skills in physiotherapy?
My work here at the clinic consists of working with clients with the need for either physiotherapy or personal training. Even though clients are mostly Norwegian I have managed perfectly well with just my English skills.

It’s somehow connected with your thesis, too? Tell a bit about the thesis process.
I'm currently working on a joint thesis with a student from Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland. Our thesis has to do with Graphesthesia tactile acuity training and chronic non-specific low back pain.

We are aiming to get the thesis completed by the end of July. Working on a joint thesis has been great so far but of course there are some challenges. Communicating and supervisory meetings take place mostly over skype which has been working well for us so far. Prof. Dr. Hannu Luomajoki and senior lecturer Maija Kangasperko are supervising the thesis. It is great to have experienced professionals in musculoskeletal physiotherapy supervising and giving advice during this process.

How about the life there? Where do you live, how did you find your apartment?
I've definitely enjoyed staying in Oslo so far. This city is very nice and not too big. Spring time is definitely a great time to be here. It has been easy to adjust to living here as Norway doesn’t differ much from Finland. The nature in Norway is beautiful and that is something I hope to explore more now that I am here.

I am staying in Oslo with a family I know from earlier on. Overall Oslo is a great city to live in and very easy to get around in by bike or by using the public transport.

What next?
After this clinical practice I am planning on returning to Helsinki (where I lived before I moved to Pori). But who knows, maybe Ill find myself working in Oslo again at some point.

21.4.2017 | By: Sara Salerto & Anne Sankari | Photo: Sara Salerto photo album

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