The FHT is proud to share some of our members’ involvement in the Olympics and Paralympics…

At our recent FHT 50th anniversary training congress and exhibition, we were delighted that some of our members came forward to tell us about their involvement with the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, from an Olympic torchbearer, to sports therapists forming part of wider medical teams to support athletes.

Those who attended the drinks reception on the Saturday evening of our 50th celebrations in the Kestral Suite of the Heritage Motor Centre would not have failed to have seen our FHT member in the striking Olympic torchbearer uniform and gold torch. We were delighted to invite Stan Cantrill onto the stand to talk about his role as an Olympic torchbearer and his upcoming work with footballers at the Olympics and athletes throughout the whole Paralympics. Having received a remarkable fifteen nominations, a number of which were for his therapy work, Stan was honoured to have been chosen to carry the flame through Hereford in May.

We were pleased to be able to congratulate other FHT members who told us about their imminent involvement with the Olympics and Paralympics, including Sandra Revell and Richard Argles, two sports therapists working as part of medical services teams at the Olympics and Paralympics. LOCOG, the London Olympic organisers, as the host nation is supplying medical teams for all athletes, regardless of country and sport, to provide competitors with access to the treatments they may require. The medical team services include sports medicine, dentistry, imaging, physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy and sports massage.

Sandra will be working at the Stratford polyclinic in the Olympic village during the Olympics, then based at Royal Artillery Barracks during the Paralympics, which is the venue for shooting and archery. Richard will be based at a polyclinic at Weymouth forming part of the wider support team for the athletes from the sailing teams, and then at the Goalball event at the Paralmpics.

Emma O’Reilly, MFHT, has been working with Olympic athletes privately in her sport clinic, treating members of the GB cycling team, including Victoria Pendleton. Cyclists appreciate Emma’s cycling background, therapy experience, and understanding of the different requirements of elite athletes. Emma is part of the athlete’s wider support team, communicating regularly with the medical team at British Cycling to ensure the provision of therapy treatments that support the athlete’s training programme and performance at competitions. 

We wish all of our members who are involved with the Olympics and Paralympics all the best, and look forward to sharing more information about their work in a later issue of International Therapist.

Are you involved?

If you are also involved in the Olympics or Paralympics, please do let us know (email, as we would love to share your work with other members.

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Tune in to BBC One’s ‘The Truth About Sports Products’, tomorrow at 8pm.

As many of us try to get fitter in this Olympic summer, Panorama investigates the sports products that promise to boost your performance. Are those pricey trainers worth the money? Can sports drinks really help you work out for longer? Are protein shakes any more effective at honing the physique than ordinary food? 

With exclusive access to the findings from a unique study by the British Medical Journal and Oxford University, reporter Shelley Jofre tests the science behind the bold advertising claims made by some of sport’s biggest brands.

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First athletes arrive in Wales in warm up to Games

With less than four weeks until the 2012 Olympics kick off in the Millennium Stadium, the first pre-Games training camps staying in Wales have arrived in Cardiff.

Athletics New Zealand, a 25 person strong team of athletes, coaches and support staff are due to spend the following five weeks based at Cardiff’s Leckwith stadium.

Wales will host 17 pre-Games training camps in the lead in to the Games including athletes from more than 21 countries. Seven multi-sport and 10 single sport training camps will involve over 800 athletes and support staff.

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If you have been lucky enough to secure tickets for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this is what they will look like! LOCOG has just revealed the ticket design, by global brand and design consultancy Futurebrand. 

It has also been announced that more tickets will go on sale tomorrow from 11:00am GMT, for 24 hours. Tickets will range from £45 to £450, for archery, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, diving, handball and hockey.  Plus, a limited number of tickets for race walk, mountain biking, artistic gymnastics and rowing.

Full details and best of luck