BCOM was delighted to announce that five of its faculty members were selected, as Osteopaths, to work as part of the host nation medical team at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The faculty members selected by the London 2012 Organising Committee, LOCOG, were Mr Manoj Mehta, Head of Clinic and Osteopathy, Mr Tom Hewetson, Clinic Tutor and Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Disorders and Osteopathic Sports Care, Mr Barry Kleinberg, Deputy Head of Osteopathy, Ms Barbara Sherringham, Osteopathic Technique and Clinic Tutor and Mr Hashim Saifuddin, Lecturer in Osteopathic Technique and Soft Tissue Technique.
For the first time since the Olympics began, osteopaths were included in the medical team working alongside sports medicine specialists, chiropractors, physiotherapists and other health professionals to assist with the support and treatment of competing athletes.
Following the announcement in March this year, Manoj Mehta said: “I am very proud to be part of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics host nation medical team. BCOM osteopathic faculty members will join 18 other Osteopaths providing osteopathic treatment for sports injuries to world-leading athletes. The importance of osteopathy in treating sports injuries has been raised to a new level of recognition and we are very pleased that for the first time Osteopaths will be part of a multi-disciplinary host nation medical team - this is a great achievement by the profession."
The osteopathic community owes this milestone achievement to the late Mr Jonathan Betser, a highly respected osteopath, who helped to establish osteopathy as an accepted discipline through his dedicated work particularly within the sporting world. High-profile roles included that of lead osteopath at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, in Manchester, and, after the UK won the vote to host the 2012 Olympic Games, Jonathan was appointed Lead Osteopath by LOCOG. BCOM graduate Mr Simeon Milton was selected as the Lead Osteopath to continue the excellent work started by Jonathan.
Simeon Milton graduated from BCOM, then BCNO, in 1993. He specialises in treating sports injuries and has worked with various rugby squads including the England Under-21s and teams at divisional level using a multi-disciplinary approach to sports care. Simeon said of the role of osteopathy at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics: “This is a first opportunity for osteopaths and we are determined that osteopathy will continue to play a significant role in sport. Osteopaths will showcase what they can do so that in future years osteopaths will continue to be involved.”
BCOM’s Osteopathic team, worked alongside the other London 2012 medical specialists and were based at polyclinics situated within the Olympic village and other sporting venues. Osteopaths used their expertise to treat athletes with injuries, helping to ensure that they were able to compete in peak physical condition.