Daily Record Article about Blairgowrie Physiotherapy
I am delighted to have featured in the Daily Record recently when they covered my involvement in the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Here is a copy:
Carla Thomson from Blairgowrie Physiotherapy has been selected as a volunteer physiotherapist for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
A Blairgowrie-based physiotherapist has been selected as one of around 1450 medical volunteers for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Carla Thomson, who set up Blairgowrie Physiotherapy in 2012, was one of more than 50,000 people to apply for a position as one of the 15,000 ‘Clydesiders’ currently being recruited for the Games and says she is “over the moon” to have been selected.
Speaking to the Blairie she explained: “I filled out the application form in February last year, detailing specific experience I have had working with sports professionals and teams, and got an interview. “I found out just before Christmas that I had been selected and I was over the moon. It is just brilliant. I am really pleased, I was actually quite nervous that I wouldn’t get through! “I really wanted to do it, I don’t know if I will get the chance again and it is such a good experience to have worked at an event like this – especially after the buzz of the Olympics.”
The mum-of-three will be based at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre at Carnoustie, one of the satellite venues for the Games, for her stint. The location was her first choice of venue as it will allow her to come home to Blairgowrie every night.
She continued: “We will be supporting athletes from countries that don’t have a huge team of backroom staff and will try to help in anyway that we can. “It will be mainly hands-on physio that we provide – strapping certain areas, ice packs, that sort of thing.” Carla explained that injuries that shooters can potentially incur are similar to other more physical sports – there are lots of finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder and neck injuries in particular. She added: “Shooters also need to keep fit and do a lot of cardiovascular training. “They can pick up knee and ankle injuries – so I’m not going to be dealing with injuries that I haven’t seen before.”
Carla works with the Scottish Institute of Sport, part of sportscotland, once a month and already has some experience of working with shooters. She has also worked with the Edinburgh rugby squad, and worked with the U16 Scottish Hockey team and the senior hockey team in the European internationals last summer.
Carla is hugely excited about the Games, commenting: “I can’t wait to go, I am really looking forward to it – it is great to have the opportunity to be part of the whole experience. “It is a chance to show Scotland at its best.”