An Erasmus+ exchange (traineeship) brought Julius Koivula, a physiotherapy student from Finland, to Alma Mater. He describes the experience as invaluable.
"I have learned a lot of valuable knowledge and skills. The physiotherapists here are highly qualified in various areas of physiotherapy," says the student, doing the practical part of his studies at the Centre of Medical Rehabilitation at the Health Centre Dr. Adolf Drolc Maribor. "My work is mainly characterized by manual therapy, kinesiology, and electrotherapy for acute and chronic patients. In the next few days, I will be working in the Development Center for Early Treatment, which I am very much looking forward to," describes Julius, enthusiastic about diagnostic methods in Slovenia, including tensiomyography and functional analysis of the musculoskeletal system. The student is most interested in sports physiotherapy and is pleased to cooperate with local athletes.
His thesis presents a guide for mobility training of youth that increases the range of motion. "Mobility is an important ability in football regarding performance and recovery. Football, as a fast-paced contact sport, can cause many injuries that can be prevented with regular mobility training. Mobility training increases joint range of motion, strength, coordination, speed, and reduces muscle tension and speeds up recovery," explains the student.
"I sincerely thank the best mentors in the world, Alen, Dorian, Teja, Saš, Klarissa, Alex, and others. I strongly recommend the exchange at Alma Mater to other students as well," he concludes.