Following the recent announcement of the Sport Team Manager appointments, it is now the turn of the medical staff to have their places on the support team for Team Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games confirmed.
The medical team will be led by Dr Niall Elliott supported by four other doctors, while 12 physiotherapists will work alongside Head Physiotherapist, Lindsay Thomson. A further two physiotherapists have also been appointed as part of a wider team who will provide support at the pre-Games training camp and Team Scotland HQ.
The medical team plays a key role at any Games ensuring athletes are in the best possible shape to compete, as well as providing support for illness and injuries sustained at the Games. Working closely with all 17 sports the medical team will also provide an agreed level of pre-Games support.
Welcoming the doctors and physiotherapists to the team Dr Niall Elliott said: “Alongside the appointment of physiotherapists to Team Scotland, we have appointed an experienced sports medicine medical team to help support the athletes at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. This support has been in place through the sportscotland Institute of Sport for several years, but this wider team will now work closely with colleagues to ensure that all Scottish athletes are best prepared and supported both in advance of and during the Games.
“The interest in these positions was unprecedented, with the final selection reflecting the high quality of medical support now available to Scottish sport. The medical team have all experienced large multi-sport Games before, including previous Commonwealth Games, summer and winter Olympic Games. We are all looking forward to providing that valuable support to Team Scotland at a home Games.”
Lindsay Thomson added: “I am delighted with the physiotherapy team we have appointed and I am confident that we have a world class sports medicine team to support Team Scotland in Glasgow. The interest in these positions from a wealth of experienced sports physiotherapists shows what depth of professional support we now have in Scotland for our sports men and women, and the excitement at the prospect of a home Games. We look forward to working with Team Scotland colleagues and Glasgow 2014 and are excited about the challenges that lie ahead.”
Jon Doig, CGS Chief Executive and Team Scotland Chef de Mission said: “I am delighted with the medical team appointments we have made. Having such a high calibre of medical expertise on board will give our athletes the confidence to know that they will receive the best possible support to help them achieve their goals at the Games.”