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Physios encouraged to volunteer for Commonwealth Games

Aspiring volunteers will be able to apply to take part in the Games from January.

Liz Mendl, head of medical services at the Commonwealth Games, said the aim was to attract 200 physiotherapist volunteers, particularly sports and musculoskeletal specialists. They would work both at individual events and at a special polyclinic.

Earlier this month, the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM) and the British Olympic Association held a ‘Thank you to the Games Makers’ event for physiotherapy staff involved in the London 2012 Games.

Physiotherapist Liz Nicholls, who worked as a venue medical manager during the Olympic and Paralympic Games said afterwards: ‘The London 2012 Games provided so many opportunities for physiotherapists to get involved and promote our profession. It was really great to have the chance to reflect on these opportunities and to identify what we’ve all learned from the experience.’

Ms Mendl, who was also involved in the ‘Thank You’ event, said that one of the key things that had been learnt from the Olympics was that smaller teams were needed to ensure that volunteers were fully occupied during the Commonwealth Games.

‘What we also want to do is to try and really have the same enthusiasm and expertise we saw at the Olympics.’

ACPSM chair Laura Hanna added: ‘Most of the physiotherapists involved in either of the Games had a life-changing, once-in-a-lifetime experience and exposed them to working within elite sport.

‘The day was attended by 180 physiotherapists who welcomed both the opportunity to meet up with colleagues from the summer to reminisce and also produce a physiotherapy legacy from the Games.’

Elsewhere, the World Police and Fire Games to be held in Northern Ireland next August, has been inundated with volunteers. Organisers said they had received 6,500 applications for 3,500 volunteer places.