A once in a lifetime experience..

A once in a lifetime experience..

The Commonwealth Games have been a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it’s also been fairly tiring at times! I’ve regularly got back to my home in Stirling after one in the morning, and the earliest I’ve had to get up to catch my morning train is 05.45, so I’ll need a rest once the festivities are over…

The unsung Scottish hero of this Games has been the team at the Scottish Institute of Sport, who have played a vital role in ensuring the medals keep rolling in for Scotland. It feels unfair to single out one particular member of their team, but Brian Walker, the institute’s hugely experienced medical director, has played a blinder in referring athletes promptly and in overseeing their rehab. There are certainly Scottish athletes who won medals at Glasgow who wouldn’t even have been competing had it not been for the expertise of Brian and his team, whose rehab is second to none. He’ll be much missed when he retires after the Games.

Amid all the joy though, a moment of sadness. I’ve just learned of the passing of Professor Stewart Hillis, who was my mentor for my MD in injury prevention. Stewart was a respected colleague who made a huge contribution to the development of sports science in Scotland and internationally. He will be much missed.

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