Personal trainer Carl Turner chose to study for a degree in sports therapy and rehabilitation having realised the positive impact it could have on his career. Now, Carl runs his own sports injury clinic and intends to continue his academic journey when he starts a master’s degree next year.
“I chose to study for a BSc in Sports Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation at City College as I had been impressed by the state-of-the-art facilities and the outstanding programme being offered,” Carl said. “Whilst I enjoyed working as a personal trainer, my passion is health and wellbeing: helping people to live pain-free and to help them improve their quality of life. I just knew I wanted to push my career more in the direction of sports and injury rehabilitation and the degree seemed the best way to do it.
“The staff at the College are exceptional. Not only do they teach in a relaxed and engaging manner, they are knowledgeable and supportive. Just after I started the Foundation Degree, my dad was diagnosed with a terminal illness and died six months later. I don’t think I would have made it through that first year without the unwavering support of Darren and the rest of the team: it was nothing short of incredible. Thanks to them, I not only made it through, but I progressed to complete the full degree with a first.”
Excited for the future, Carl said this course has given him a host of opportunities he once thought were out of reach. Carl said: “I would never have classed myself as academic. I didn’t do A Levels, had few GCSEs, but now I’m just about to see my research project approved for publication in a scientific journal. I also have my own sports injury clinic and have been able to grow my reputation as both a trainer and a sports therapist.
“I joined the College in my late-30s, but there were students of all ages on my course, and I met some incredible people who I now call friends. It takes a lot of commitment and you might have to consider how you fit it in around work, but it’s worth it. This course will allow you to have a fantastic, well-paid career and endless opportunities. You will feel supported and will learn in a wonderful environment with the very best equipment. You can change your life for the better with this degree.”