Ongoing Individual Athlete Medical Care
The Sport Wales Institute medical team continue to support athletes with one-to-one consultations, albeit that these are currently all conducted via video. Not a tech guy myself, the video consultations and meetings have been a learning experience for all of us involved. However, it’s clear that the lessons learnt during these difficult times will help provide a far more athlete friendly service moving forward given the flexibility and user friendliness that this technology offers. This is particularly relevant for us here in Wales, a country in which athletes can be geographically disperse.
It’s been a real privilege to work alongside my colleagues across Sport Wales’ Institute and the UK Home Institute over the last few weeks. I’m proud of the way we have responded quickly to the situation and acted with such integrity and innovation to develop a guidance document to help athletes during the pandemic.
When sport is such a huge part of your life and even your livelihood, then a crisis like this which knocks you off your feet can really affect your mental and physical health.
From the doctors and psychologists to the nutritionists and strength and conditioning coaches – we all at the Sport Wales Institute and across the sector have a part to play in supporting our athletes to thrive, even in lockdown.
The guidance document that Dr Martin writes about is designed for pathway coaches and athletes to understand how to modify training during lockdown and an approach to return-to-full training when Government guidelines allow elite athletes to do so.
The guidance document has not been designed for the public to follow, and athletes who must always consult with their Coach and performance support team before adopting any information from this document.