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MedEx UL

Health and wellbeing

MedEx UL

MedEx

Limerick

At a Glance

  • Start Date:22/10/2018
  • End Date:31/05/2019
  • Closing date:31/05/2019
  • Post Updated:07/11/2018
  • Min Hours:2 per week
  • Role Type:Coaching/Sports

Requirements:Student should be studying in an exercise or health related field

Description

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:
No

Contact

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

Website: http://

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