A student gets the chance to spend a day observing a physiotherapist at work.

As part of the 'Job Max' series of reports looking at different occupations, Jo-Maxi takes a look at the work of a phsyiotherapist.

Physiotherapy is the science of rehabilitating a person to enable them to carry out their daily activities following an injury or an illness.

Diarmuid O'Riain from Clonkeen College, who is interested in pursuing a career as a physiotherapist, visits Loughlinstown Hospital to find out what is involved in the profession. 

Dr McBride describes the variety of treatments that she carries out both in the hospital and outside in the community. Post-operative rehabilitation, as well as out-patient care for a variety of sports and back injuries, are all part of the job. 

Diarmuid ORiain says being a physiotherapist would allow him to help people recover from injury or illness and offer him the opportunity to travel. 

The entry requirements for a place on a physiotherapy course at University College Dublin (UCD) or Trinity College (TCD) are quite competitive with high points and a physical examination. 

According to Dr McBride there are lots of job opportunities for physiotherapy graduates and there are no unemployed physiotherapists in Ireland. 

It is one of the few professions where you can qualify and just walk straight into a job.

This episode of 'Jo-Maxi' was broadcast on 6 April 1992. The reporter is Susan Kavanagh.