Osteopathy at the Olympics

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games marked the first time osteopathic practitioners have been included in the host nation medical services.

Working alongside sports medicine specialists, chiropractors, physiotherapists and other health professionals, osteopaths assisted with the support and treatment of competing athletes in one of the most dramatic Olympic games to date.

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“...it has certainly inspired a generation of osteopaths”

2012 was the third time the UK has hosted the Olympic games and was also notable for the introduction of women’s boxing, making it the first in which every sport had female competitors.

15,122 athletes competed from 204 nations around the world in an event that has been referred to as the biggest summit of sports and human achievement ever.

The slogan of the 2012 Olympic games was 'Inspire a Generation' and it has certainly inspired a generation of osteopaths.

Osteopathy’s emphasis on physical therapy and the fine-tuning of athletic performance, to enable athletes to perform at their highest optimum level, is increasingly highly regarded and the importance of osteopathy in treating sports injuries has been raised to a new level of recognition for the profession.

Manoj Mehta, Head of Osteopathy and Clinic at BCOM said:"The inclusion of osteopathy as part of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Host Nation Medical Services is a milestone achievement by the profession! 

“This is what makes me very proud”

Tom Hewitson, Clinic Tutor at BCOM said of his experience:“This was a unique working environment and was a fantastic experience that my patients and students will hopefully benefit from. 

“Words cannot express what it is like to work alongside the best practitioners in their fields, and to work with some of the world’s greatest athletes.”

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“The importance of osteopathy in treating sports injuries has been raised to a new level of recognition for the profession”

What is osteopathy?Osteopathy is a system of treatment for a wide range of conditions. It is based on the principle that structure governs function and that good health is dependent upon the balanced interrelation of anatomical and physiological structure. 

Osteopathic care is comprised of the identification of the underlying causes of a patient’s complaint, treatment using soft-tissue techniques and gentle physical manipulation and appropriate self-care advice to help improve function and prevent re-occurrence. 

Osteopathy can help both acute and long-standing chronic ailments. 

Osteopathy is an enormously rewarding career:

  • highly satisfying professional life
  • excellent financial rewards
  • chance to be self-employed within a growing healthcare industry
  • the opportunity to work with people and watch their physical health and quality of life improve 

Fully qualified osteopaths can also find employment in university-level teaching, corporate consultancy, work with animals and many other fields.

Created in association with Anna D'Emilio at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine

For more information about Osteopathy, visit A career in osteopathy

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