Olympic Journey - Tracy McAdam (guest post)

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Before I get into the nuts and bolts of preventing and managing injuries, I thought I would give you all an insight into my Olympic journey, which seems appropriate given we have all been obsessed with the Olympics lately and the Paralympics are also upon us.

It was a process that involved applying to be a ‘Gamesmaker’ back in October 2011. There were a huge number of applicants, and following an interview I was delighted to find out that I was one of the lucky 20% who were selected to be involved.

Due to all my experience in contact sports, I was posted at the ExCel Arena in London, which hosted boxing, Taekwondo, judo, wrestling, weightlifting and table tennis.

I had a dual role that involved working in a clinic setting treating any athlete who required it, and once the competition started I was on the ‘field of play’, which is where I made my first Olympic camera appearance.

This was a once in a lifetime experience, and although it was an exhausting month, and I was very proud and privileged to have been selected. It truly is the ‘Gold Standard’ for any physio out there.

Olympic Moments

Ecstasy: being in the stand when Gemma Gibbons (judo) won the silver medal for GB, I have never heard a venue erupt with such excitement.

Agony: having to watch South Korea's Shin A Lam sit on the fencing piste crying for 50 minutes due to the controvesy that was a timing error. The decision was ruled against her, which resulted in her missing out on a medal.

Over the coming months I am going to be posting blogs on injury management, prevention and treatment. I’ll be using all of my experience to give your athletes the chance to be on the ‘field of play’ 100% of the season.

Feel free to throw some topics my way, and I’ll be more than happy to do a blog on it.

Till next time…


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