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Youth Games keep island physios on their toes

1 September 2011 - 3:33pm

Isle of Man physios are at the heart of the action in the fourth Commonwealth Youth Games, which are being held on the small island.

‘The team’s excitement is palpable,’ said Team Isle of Man physio Cath Davis as they geared up to the first event.

From 7 to 13 September, young athletes are competing in athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, rugby 7s and swimming. Aged 13 to 18, many have an eye on future Olympics.

On call

‘We’re on call 24 hours a day from the start to the finish, and we encourage them to use us, no matter how trivial they think their problem is,’ says Ms Davis, who works for Scott Physiotherapy in Peel.

The small island is hosting hundreds of young athletes and their entourages from 69 nations. A team of 20 physios has been drafted in from Nobles Hospital, in Bradden, and from private practices.

Volunteer team

‘We all need to pull together,’ said Ruth Cooil, one of the physiotherapy organisers on the all-volunteer team. 

Physios will be staffing each venue and a central polyclinic. They provide back-up for the big nations’ medical teams as well as full cover for visitors from the smaller countries.

Ms Cooil is backed by Commonwealth Games experience as Isle of Man team physio in Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010.

What athletes need

‘It’s a huge help understanding what athletes need when they’re away from their home environment. Also knowing they don’t necessarily arrive 100 per cent fit, they may have niggles that have been going on for a while,’ she said.

‘We had some quite significant injuries in Delhi which, looking back, we dealt with well.

‘We’ve got the support of knowing that if necessary we’d be able to get people through the hospital quickly and efficiently, with a streamlined route for athletes.’

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