Monika S Tarkar

monika-sunil-tarkar-450x300MSc Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) 

"I still remember the goosebumps when I entered the [Leicester City football club] academy."

Why did you choose to study at the University of Birmingham?

University of Birmingham is ranked one of the best in the UK and in the world for physiotherapy. I had always dreamt to study here, and spread my wings, under the best supervision and guidance.  

What made your course at Birmingham stand out for you?

I can proudly say that my course, MSc Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football), is one of its kind in the whole world! Specialising in football medicine added depth to my knowledge about the sport and the rehabilitation of the players.

How did you find living in Birmingham?

Birmingham is a very multi-cultural and lively city. The University premises were so extensive that it took months for me to explore all the bits!

How did you find the level of support you have from your lecturers?

As an International student, I was welcomed on the very first day of my course by my programme lead Dr Alison Rushton as a part of huge UOB family. All the lecturers were available to discuss any questions I had about the modules/assignments. Some of the lectures at St George’s park were undertaken by premier league senior team physiotherapists/doctors/sports scientists, which added a whole new perspective to my understanding of football injuries practically. 

What are you doing now, and how did your time at Birmingham help you in your current role?

I am currently working as an MSK physiotherapist at a sports rehabilitation clinic in Cambridgeshire. Previously I have worked as an International academy physiotherapist at Leicester city football club academy, which I got offered after my short stint with them as an intern.

The Continued Professional Development module gave me an opportunity to work at the prestigious Leicester City football club academy under my mentor and Head of academy physiotherapy Ben Harwood. I still remember the goosebumps when I entered the academy. I can never forget the experience I got from working with the club. 

What do you hope to go on to do in the future?

I would like to join the sports medicine (football) back and use my knowledge and skills at the youth academy. I would even like to continue research whilst I am working so that I am up to date with the evidence based practice. 

Any tips or words of wisdom that you would like to pass on to other students thinking of coming to study here?

This course is one of its kind in the world, so be ready to experience a wonderful journey towards the epitome of football medicine. Expect a real depth of knowledge with great lecturer support and motivation to improve individually.