Podiatrists will play a special role within the coverage at many different sporting events, mainly at endurance events including the marathon in which the foot is the subject of lots of stress. Blisters and other injuries are frequent during these types of events. A recently available show of the podiatry livestream, PodChatLive spoke of the role of podiatry at different types of sporting events. The guest who the hosts spoke with in that show was Mandy Abbott who is a lecturer in podiatry at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, UK. She is also the Clinical Director for the Special Olympics United Kingdom and was Chief Podiatrist at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, the European Games in 2015 plus the World Indoor Athletics in 2018. These roles gave her a very special insight into the part which podiatry will have in delivering services at these types of sport activities. The episode described about how better to prepare yourself to be part of a multidisciplinary team at these large activities or competitions. You will need to comprehend acute injury’s management and be very skilled at taping methods. She provided information into the actual sort of things which Podiatry will deal with at such gatherings, and also the personal/professional benefit in doing this kind of events.
Mandy Abbott’s major areas of work are in sports injuries and lower limb dysfunction. She works together many sports experts such as a number of soccer teams. Within the job as a Clinical Director for Special Olympics, Mandy continues to be involved with national and world events and has been able to include the students in foot screening of athletes having intellectual disabilities. Mandy's research interests have been in the results of foot orthoses on human movement. She has been granted her Fellowship of the College of Podiatrists in Podiatric Medicine with the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.