Edge Hill Lecturer Ross Armstrong is set to treat some of the world’s greatest sports stars at London’s World Athletics Championships starting this week (4 July).
Ross, a Lecturer in Sports Therapy, is volunteering as a physiotherapist at London’s Olympic Park where top athletes such as Usain Bolt and Mo Farrah are set to compete.
The capital’s biggest sporting event since the 2012 Olympic Games, the ten-day athletics competition is set to attract almost 2000 athletes from over 200 countries. Ross said:
“I’m really looking forward to being right at the heart of the action and ready to respond to any athletes needing treatment before, after or during a session. It’s great because I’m likely to end up treating some of the top athletes as well as those visiting from smaller teams and countries.
“It can also be quite a tough role as a high level of diplomacy is required. You might have to advise an athlete that competing might cause them further or serious injury. Ultimately it’s up to the athletes if they take that advice, but the smaller teams of maybe only three of four athletes tend to be very grateful for your advice and treatment as they might not have access to physios at home.
“Then there’s the variety of treatments on offer from trauma management and first aid to therapy treatments such as massage and ice baths which are proving very popular at the moment.”
“I was last at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park during the Olympic Games and the atmosphere was fantastic. I love athletics and it’s great to be able to see world famous athletes, network and work in a team of physiotherapists making real-time decisions.”
Ross will spend one week at the tournament before returning to Edge Hill and continuing his latest research into whether physical screening programmes can predict injuries in athletes.
HEAR Ross being interviewed on BBC Radio Lancashire after returning from the games http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05bb4kr (1:39:40 mins in)