Well what an incredible experience. To work as a Physiotherapist at the highest level of sport is simply extrordinary. My role across the whole games was on the field of play teams. This mean being first on the pitch/playing area when serious injury occurs. It meant working with some unbelievably talented medical staff and boy did I learn a lot! From consultant emergency doctors, advanced critical care paramedics to other fellow Physiotherapist who work in elite sport, I worked with the lot.
At the rugby 7's I was pitchside and got to work with the elite level of rugby and the medical protocols that go alongside that. From precise extrication of players off the pitch, to fast and thorough assessment of seriously injured players and head injury assessment. We trained for 2 hours before ever game to ensure the team were spot on with all procedures. I then moved across to the Judo where I was again right on the edge of the action ready to attend to the most serious injuries. After that was my debut at the Alexander Stadium for the athletics where we I was involved in treating the athletes across all disciplines from elite runners, long jumpers, pole vaulters, and shot putters from Team GB and across the commonwealth.
It was an honour to work with the best of the best. Not just the most elite athletes but also the most elite medical professionals. I learnt a tremendous amount that I have subsequently brought back into my clinic and aim to give all my patients the same elite treatment.