What happens at the Special Olympics?

Podiatrists can play an important function as part of the coverage during numerous competitive sports, principally at endurance events including the marathon where the feet are subjected to a great deal of force. Blisters and other injuries are common during these kinds of events. A recent show of the podiatry livestream, PodChatLive reviewed the role of podiatry at different kinds of sporting events. The guest who the hosts talked to in that livestream was Mandy Abbott who is a lecturer in podiatry at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, UK. Mandy is also the Clinical Director for the Special Olympics United Kingdom and was Lead Podiatrist at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, the European Games in 2015 plus the World Indoor Athletics in 2018. These kinds of roles gave her a very unique guidance for the function which podiatry can begin to play in giving expertise at these kinds of sport events. The live reviewed about how exactly best to prepare yourself to be part of a multidisciplinary group with these big activities or events. It is very important comprehend acute injury’s management and be very skilled at strapping approaches. Mandy provided information into the kind of things that Podiatry tends to manage at these kinds of sports, along with the personal/professional importance in doing this sort of activities.

Mandy Abbott’s major interests are in sports injuries and also lower limb biomechanics. She works together many sports experts such as a number of soccer clubs. In the position as a Clinical Director for Special Olympics, she has been included in national and world events and has managed to include podiatry students in foot screening of sports athletes having intellectual disabilities. Mandy's research interests are in the results of foot orthoses on human motion. She has been honored her Fellowship of the College of Podiatrists in Podiatric Medicine through the Society of Podiatrists and Chiropodists.