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Physios join 2016 Paralympic preparations in Brazil

10 December 2014 - 12:45pm

Two physios have returned from Brazil after supporting a team of young paralympic athletes in the host country for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Team physiotherapists Mike Whichello (far left) and Lawrence Mayhew (white t-shirt, centre). Photo: Andrew St Ledger

Lawrence Mayhew and Mike Whichello were the team physiotherapists who travelled with paralympic athletics and swimmers to Brazil’s school Olympics in Sao Paulo.

The trip was part of an agreement between the UK and Brazil to mark the London and Rio Olympics.

Mr Mayhew, a senior lecturer in physiotherapy and sports therapy at Leeds Beckett University, said the aim was to give the competitors a taste of an ‘elite environment’.

‘As part of the medical team we tried to ensure that our athletes were prepared fully for both training and competition days,’ he said.

He described how he designed an electronic morning monitoring form, which athletes completed every morning with information including the duration and quality of sleep, fatigue and hydration. The information was then fed to support staff to help them structure the day ahead.

‘The challenge for me was to ensure that, when I was designing the morning monitoring programme, I had to ensure that it was suitable for athletes with visual and intellectual impairments in order for them to provide the required information,’ he said.

Mr Whichello, an MSc student and sports physiotherapy intern at Sheffield Hallam University, said the athletes took the whole experience in their stride.

‘Seeing the level at which our paralympic athletes were competing was truly incredible. They conducted themselves like elite athletes, and I think that’s thanks in no small part to the team they had around them, in creating that elite environment,’ he said.

‘More than anything, I think seeing how much all the athletes enjoyed the event, regardless of their disability was truly humbling. For some of them, this has been on very little resources, and with minimal support. So in some ways it was exciting to see what we could offer as physios, and the differences we could make.’

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