Sports Therapy Association Podcast

STA111: ’Working At The Commonwealth Games’ with special guests Tim Allardyce & Nichola Smith

August 2, 2022

Want to know what it's like working as a therapist with elite athletes at the Commonwealth Games? In Ep.111 of The Sports Therapy Association Podcast, guest host Mike Grice of Movement Therapy Education (standing in whilst regular host Matt Phillips of Runcatlive is on holiday!) is joined by special guests Tim Allardyce of Rehab My Patient and STA member Nichola Smith of

Together, the three provide a fascinating insight into what it's like working with elite athletes, based largely on their recent experience working at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Topics discussed include:

  • Tim Allardyce - range of roles at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
  • Nichola Smith - working in clinic in Athlete Recovery Area
  • Tim Allardyce - supporting Team Tonga
  • Nichola Smith - finding the opportunity via the STA Facebook Page
  • Aurora Paris - Sports Therapist working with Team Tonga Rugby 7s
  • Typical daily treatments, amount of athletes seen
  • Atmosphere at the Opening Ceremony at The Alexander Stadium
  • Richard Weightman: Manager of Tonga 7s
  • Nichola Smith - working within the multidisciplinary team
  • Tim Allardyce - first aid & draining cauliflower ears
  • Nichola Smith - role of Sports Psychology
  • Tim Allardyce - looking after Swimmers
  • Tim Allardyce - importance of hands on therapy
  • How to get therapy experience at major athletic events 

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