Things are hotting up for our physios!

As the temperature is set to soar on Sunday at the London Marathon, physiotherapists from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust are getting ready to support runners.

Each year physiotherapists from the Trust will volunteer their time and skills as part of the London Marathon’s official medical team and this year they will be in more in demand than ever to support the runners.

Around 30 physiotherapists past and present from the trust will be spending a long hot day in the capital helping runners with strains, exhaustion and giving medical advice to get them through the tough 26.2 mile course.

The UHCW volunteers will be part of a larger medical team for the marathon including doctors and nurses from nearby London Trusts and St John Ambulance.

The team will be based at the last mile of the 26.2 mile slog, so will be treating a wide variety of people with problems ranging from muscle cramps to heat exhaustion.

Sue Crewe-Smith, Senior Physiotherapist, who has been recruiting volunteers to the event for over 15 years, said: “It’s a brilliant experience for our physiotherapists to use their skills at a big event like the London Marathon. I notice the improvement in their professional and personal development following this event every year.

“I am very proud that so many of our physiotherapists have volunteered their free time to help out runners with their marathon efforts, many of whom are running for charities.

“It’s always exciting playing a supporting role in an event with such a buzz. We’re all really looking forward to it.”


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