After the spectacular London 2012 games, BCOM’s Faculty members who were part of the Host Nation Medical Services for the Olympics and Paralympics share their experiences.
Manoj Mehta, Head of Osteopathy and Clinic at BCOM said: “The inclusion of osteopathy as part of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Host Nation Medical Services is a Milestone achievement by the profession!! This is what makes me very proud. I am also very proud that of the 24 Osteopaths appointed to be part of the London 2012 Host Nation Medical Team, 9 were BCOM graduates. Of these 9 BCOM graduates, 5 are current BCOM faculty members.
Individual osteopaths have been offering care to elite athletes for a long time but it is the first time in the history of the games that ‘Osteopathy’ was available to athletes and officials in the Host Nation Polyclinics.
The excellent work by late Jonathan Betser and Mr Simeon Milton (clinical Leads- Osteopathy) gave us (Team Osteo) a wonderful opportunity to ‘fly the flag’ for Osteopathy and ‘Plant a seed’ for the future generation of osteopaths.
It has been a great experience working with Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Sports Medicine doctors, GP’s, Podiatrists, Radiologists and A&E Consultants – A multidisciplinary medical team providing a ‘Total package of care.”
Tom Hewetson, Clinic Tutor at BCOM said of his experience: "I am very pleased to have been
a member of the manual therapies team to have worked at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
I have had the honour to have worked with some eminent Physiotherapists, Chiropractors,
Sports and Exercise Medicine Doctors, Podiatrists, Sports Massage practitioners and fellow
Osteopaths. The experience of working at the Games will live long in my memory.
This was a unique working environment and was a fantastic experience that my patients
and students will hopefully benefit from. Words cannot express what it is like to work alongside
the best practitioners in their fields, and to work with some of the world’s greatest athletes.”