Bag Pack Coordinator
Irish Heart Foundation
Health and wellbeing
Requirements:Student should be studying in an exercise or health related field
MedEx UL is a community-based exercise referral programme based in the University of Limerick (UL). It is a partnership between UL, University of Limerick Hospitals Group (ULHG) and a number of local organisations including the General Practitioners and primary care services. It provides individuals living with chronic disease an opportunity to maintain their optimum level of health through its multidisciplinary programme.
The purpose of MedEx UL is to help people living with chronic disease to lead and benefit from a physically active and healthy lifestyle, and to develop skills to help them self-manage their disease. Our objectives are to achieve excellence in outreach, training and research; these three pillars are equally weighted and essential to ensuring high and sustainable impact through a MedEx UL ‘living lab’ concept. The current group have all had a cardiac event but we hope to expand to those with diabetes in January 2019.
We require help from students to set up our exercise classes and to help to teach the classes. The classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. We begin set up at approx 9am for a 9.30 start. From 9:30 to 9:45 we measure participants blood pressure. Participants then take part in some warm up activities followed by 2 x 15 min exercise sessions. Training consists of both aerobic gym based machines and more strength building circuit training type exercises. At the end of the class we offer tea and coffee and the all important biscuits to the group. This is a time for the group to bond and also gives us the opportunity to monitor them post exercise.
This volunteer opportunity would suit sport science students, physiotherapy students and medical students in particular.
Is training provided?: Yes
Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:
Class set up
Bringing tables and chairs from the classroom in UL Sport to the jogging track
Set up of the tea and coffee station
Set up of the circuit
Chatting to participants during the exercise
Monitoring technique (This will be explained if not familiar with a particular exercise)
Ensure particpants are working at the correct intensity level by checking RPE (This can be explained)
Help to tidy up equipment after the class
Skills required for this role:
Some knowledge of coaching and exercise technique would be beneficial
Chatty and outgoing
Details of time commitment needed for role:
Tuesdays 9-11 am or Thursdays 9-11 am or both
Minimum time commitment per week:
2 hour p/week
Additional screening required for this role:
If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:
Name: Sinead Kelly
Address: MedEx , UL Sports Arena, University of Limerick, Castletroy
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