Partial view of a man receiving physiotherapy on his right knee on a massage table, with the ARU Sport and Exercise Therapy Clinic logo in the bottom left

Sport and Exercise
Therapy Clinic

Our Sport and Exercise Therapy Clinic in Cambridge offers the community free injury assessments, rehabilitation, and sports massage appointments from supervised students.

A student (back to the camera) instructing another student using a barbell

Book an appointment

Our final-year BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy students are committed to helping get the Cambridge community up and moving and reducing pain. Find out more and book your free appointment today.

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About the Sport and Exercise Therapy Clinic

We work with members of the public and sports teams in and around Cambridge to allow the community to access injury assessment and rehabilitation while helping our students build their portfolio of practice.

Our Clinic boasts eight treatment bays, alongside a spacious rehabilitation space. Our students are supervised by qualified Sports Therapists, Strength & Conditioning Coaches and/or Sports Rehabilitators.

Our Sport and Exercise Therapy BSc (Hons) had its first intake of students in 2019, and they graduated in the summer of 2022. The third floor of Compass House was transformed prior to this intake into a teaching and clinic space, allowing us to open it up to the public and university members for appointments.

You can read more about the benefits of our services below.

Our services

Sports therapy: assessment and treatment appointments

Whether you have a sudden injury or a long-term niggle, the student will perform a full history and assessment with you.

They will then work with you to plan a rehabilitation strategy directed at the cause of the pain or injury site, using a wide range of approaches including:

  • Joint mobilisation and movement
  • Soft tissue release
  • Exercise prescription and education
  • Taping
  • Prevention plans for the future

If required, they will book a follow-up appointment to further guide you through your rehabilitation.

Sports massage

Our students offer sports massages. These are beneficial pre- or post-exercise, for general relaxation, to increase muscle flexibility, and more.

The student will take a full medical history to establish treatment suitability, perform a treatment, and book a follow-up appointment if required.

You can read more about the benefits of our services below.

Email therapyclinic@aru.ac.uk to book an appointment

Benefits for you

Sports therapy

Working together with your student sports therapist allows you to get back stronger and improve any symptoms you may be experiencing and preventing from happening again by strengthening surrounding muscles, improving mobility and stability.

In most cases, you will be booked in for numerous follow up appointments to support and guide you through your exercise rehabilitation.

Sports massage

  • Promotes relaxation
  • Reduces stress and related muscle tension
  • Improves cognitive function
  • Improves muscle flexibility
  • Improves sleep

You may experience some soreness after your appointment, which tends to be due to the deep tissue work performed during a sports massage. We advise that you drink plenty of water and keep moving after your appointment.

"I’ve had an excellent experience at the ARU Sport and Exercise Therapy Clinic. The students delivered a professional and detailed sports massage, releasing tired muscles and reinvigorating my wellbeing."
Client, 2022
"Friendly, knowledgeable, welcoming therapists with a lecturer on hand to guide and support. Bright, open space."
Client, 2022
"At first, I was nervous about attending a student clinic but I was taken aback by the dedication and attention to detail. I had a shoulder impingement which they managed to rehab through massage, manipulation, and prescribed exercises. I would not hesitate to recommend the clinic, what a great resource for the community."
Client, 2022

Benefits for our students

Our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy students gain invaluable experience working with members of the public and a range of case studies under the supervision of qualified Sports Therapists.

This helps the students collate their mandatory placement hours as part of their qualification by using professional note-taking systems and accessing our purpose-built clinic, ready to pursue their careers after graduation.

"Overall I have loved the experience and really enjoyed treating clients and meeting new people."
Sport and Exercise Therapy third-year student, 2022
"Being able to get hands-on supervised experience really helped me develop my confidence in treating a wide range of injuries and populations. It was really rewarding seeing the improvement and development of my clients through their treatment with me and having the supervisor on hand to develop and enhance understanding was really beneficial!"
Sport and Exercise Therapy third-year student, 2022

Contact us

If you have any questions, read our FAQs or email us at therapyclinic@aru.ac.uk

You can also find the Anglia Ruskin Student Sports Therapy Clinic on Facebook and follow @aru_sportstherapyclinic on Instagram.

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