Kurzinfo Valgeir Vidarsson
Valgeir Vidarsson ist Physiotherapeut in Island. Im Interview spricht er über seinen beruflichen Werdegang und die Arbeitsbedingungen in seiner Heimat.
PHYSIOtalk: Where exactly do you work and what are your key activities?
Valgeir Vidarsson: I work at Atlas endurhaefing, which is a private clinic that focuses mostly on sport rehabilitation. My clients are 2/3 athletes and 1/3 the general public. Alongside my work at the clinic I am the Head Physiotherapist of KR football club and a physio for Valur Handball team.
I am also a certified Dynamic Tape instructor and have been running courses on their behalf in Iceland and Norway.
PHYSIOtalk: How long have you been Physiotherapist and how long have you been working in your current job? In which country did you do your education?
Valgeir Vidarsson: I completed my Undergraduate study from University of Iceland in 2009. My final placement was at Atlas and I started working full time straight after graduation and have been working there since. Apart from 2014 when I went to Australia to do my Master of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy at University of South Australia.
PHYSIOtalk: How can you imagine this training or are there any differences to an education in Germany?
Valgeir Vidarsson: I am not familiar with Physiotherapy education in Germany so I do not know the difference.
“All Physios that that work in a private clinic and have a contract with the government are obliged to have the same rate per session.”
PHYSIOtalk: What is in your country the average salary of a beginner?
Valgeir Vidarsson: All Physios that that work in a private clinic and have a contract with the government are obliged to have the same rate per session. As all Physios are paid by client the salaries can differ.
The cost for a 30-minute session is around 43 Euros. Full-time job is 240 sessions a month. If a Physiotherapist works with a Sports team the salary may vary between sports and clubs.
PHYSIOtalk: What are your working hours?
Valgeir Vidarsson: My working hours can be very different between days. If I am only at the clinic the day is usually 8:30-17:00. However, if there is a game during the weekdays the hours can stretch to 22:30. During football season there are often games at weekends so in addition to normal week I am working for 5 hours during games.
PHYSIOtalk: What are your working conditions or is there a distinct difference to Germany?
Valgeir Vidarsson: At the clinic I have my own office and at the clinic there is a small gym area. The whole clinic is very well equipped, however to complete 3rd stage rehabilitation we need to go into the clubs where we can access their gym and fields.
PHYSIOtalk: What do you love about your job?
Valgeir Vidarsson: I love how versatile my job is, no client the same so every time you need to assess the person and their environment in order to find a solution for their problem. When you get results and help people out of their pain or injuries is also very giving. Working mostly with athletes gives the job a little bit more pressure to get results, which can be fun and very rewarding if you get your athletes ready before competition.
PHYSIOtalk: What are the challenges in everyday life?
Valgeir Vidarsson: Personally it is keeping my schedule on time. Especially after my year in Australia I often feel those 30 minutes run too quickly.
It can also be a challenge to get clients on board, doing their exercises, listening to advices and be compliance in their rehabilitation. Money is also a challenge as some people do not have enough money to attend all session needed, then you need to adjust the treatment and make them even more reliable for their rehabilitation.
PHYSIOtalk: What do you think was your most important training in your life for your job?
Valgeir Vidarsson: Before I became a Physiotherapist I finished a certified Massage therapist study in Iceland, that did help me a lot especially in the beginning of my career. Educational sessions at our clinic has always been helpful. However, the biggest influence on my practice now was the Master’s degree in Australia. There I was challenged in every aspect of Physiotherapy and had to make my case on every subject, by being put to the test every time made me a better therapist.
PHYSIOtalk: What do you desire from your patients?
Valgeir Vidarsson: Compliance. Clients that attend their treatment sessions and do their exercises will get good results. Clients that don´t listen or do not allocate time to do exercises are clients that is hard to get good results with.
PHYSIOtalk: Does your country have associations and, if so, what are they?
Valgeir Vidarsson: The Icelandic Physiotherapist Association. They negotiate with the government about wages and organize courses for Physiotherapists.
PHYSIOtalk: Are you a member of any association?
Valgeir Vidarsson: I am a member of the Icelandic Physiotherapist Association.
PHYSIOtalk: Do you use e-learning or visit any websites for your job?
Valgeir Vidarsson: I follow Physiotherapists and journals on Twitter and through blogs. I also have many connections via LinkedIn mostly Physiotherapists and S&C trainers. I feel it is a good way to stay on top of things if you follow the right people. I also have a lot of books in my office which is good when I need to look something up.
PHYSIOtalk: What is the most important thing for you as a physiotherapist?
Valgeir Vidarsson: To never stop learning, constantly educating myself and challenging myself. That way I will enjoy my work as a Physiotherapist for a long time.
PHYSIOtalk would like to thank you for the interview, wishes you all the best for the future and please stay healthy!