Physio volunteers contribute to London Marathon

Physiotherapy staff and students played a leading role in medical services provided for the 35,000 athletes and runners taking part in month’s London Marathon.

Final statistics are not yet available, but treatments given mainly covered musculoskeletal problems, a few stress fractures and many hypothermia cases when it got cold, said Marathon head physiotherapist Susie Jones.

Scott Mitchell, one of almost 200 volunteer physio staff involved, said: ‘We were mostly faced with cramps, patellofemoral injuries from falls, some recurring overuse injuries treated during training which presented as fatigue developed and the odd pelvic and ankle injuries from inversion and acute overload.’

Physiotherapist Luke Kellaway worked with runners in the build up to the race. ‘I helped runners with deep tissue massage, biomechanic assessments, running-specific core stability and taping,’ he said.

Meanwhile, physiotherapist Frank Gilroy completed the event in three hours 15 minutes after cycling 540 miles from Glasgow.

He was joined by physios Marc Stevens, Catriona Phin, Dawn Gleeson and Louise Duncan, all from NHS Forth Valley, who are on target to raise £30,000 for the city’s Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

Gary Henson

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