A Glasgow based physio is preparing to perform a crucial role in keeping athletes at peak condition in this year’s Commonwealth Games.
Alan Rankin, 40, has been selected to lead the physiotherapy provision at the hockey stadium for 11 days from the end of July.
A physio for 19 years after qualifying from Glasgow Caledonian University, Alan is being temporarily released from his employment at award-winning employee health firm, RehabWorks, to take on the demanding role.
“I am very happy and proud to be part of such an event,” said Alan.
“I love sport, love being a physio and with the Games being effectively in my back garden it made perfect sense to want to be involved.”
The selection procedure for Alan’s role involved an interview about his past experience and ability to contribute significantly to the sporting spectacle.
His role will be as one of the lead physiotherapists for the Men’s Hockey at the National Hockey Centre.
Alan added: “I will be dealing with any assessment and treatment of injuries that occur during the matches, so it will be very much getting stuck in and witnessing every twist and turn of the competition days.
“While I have never played hockey myself I am confident with my sport physio background, which has included working in the English Premiership football league and at international football level.”
Commenting on Alan’s opportunity with this year’s Commonwealth Games, CEO Andy Holdcroft said: “We are absolutely delighted for Alan that he has this opportunity and wish him well with the experience.
“It’s also great for our clients and staff to see that the level of our expertise at RehabWorks extends to such major experiences as this.”