What are the Special Olympics?

Podiatry practitioners will play an important position as part of the coverage at many different sports events, in particular at fitness activities such as the marathon in which the feet are encountered with a lot of load. Blisters and some other traumas are common during these varieties of sports. A newly released show of the podiatry livestream, PodChatLive brought up the function of podiatry at different kinds of competitive sports. The expert that the hosts spoke with in that live was Mandy Abbott who is a lecturer in podiatry at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, the United Kingdom. Mandy is also the Clinical Director for the Special Olympics United Kingdom and was Chief Podiatrist for the Commonwealth Games in 2014, the European Games in 2015 in addition to the World Indoor Athletics in 2018. These types of roles gave Mandy a very special guidance for the role which podiatry may play in delivering expert services at most of these sport activities. The episode reviewed about how better to prepare yourself for being part of a multidisciplinary team at these big activities or events. It is very important recognize acute injury’s treatment and be very skilful at taping techniques. Mandy provided ideas into the actual type of things which Podiatry will manage at these kinds of gatherings, and also the personal/professional value in doing these kinds of events.

Mandy Abbott’s main areas of work are in sports injuries and lower limb dysfunction. Mandy works with numerous sports experts such as a number of football squads. In the job as a Clinical Director for Special Olympics, Mandy has been involved with national and world events and has been able to involve the students in foot evaluating of sports athletes with intellectual disabilities. Mandy's research interests are typically the effects of foot supports on human movement. Mandy has been honored her Fellowship of the College of Podiatrists in Podiatric Medicine through the Society of Podiatrists and Chiropodists.


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