NHS Tayside doctor Niall Elliott is celebrating the success of our Olympic stars after taking on the role of Chief Medical Officer for Team GB.
Dr Elliott recently returned home from Rio as the top medic looking after athletes from across the UK.
Niall’s normal job sees him working in his NHS role as a sports and exercise medicine specialist at Dundee’s Kings Cross Hospital and working with elite sportsmen and women from a variety of sports at the sportscotland Institute of Sport.
Niall led a multidisciplinary team of sports medicine doctors, physiotherapists and sports nutritionists, who worked alongside performance teams, to provide care for the inspiring athletes. The 50-strong team included professionals from across the UK and was coordinated by the British Olympic Association team.
In his role, Niall was involved with athletes competing in the canoe sprint, triathlon, tennis and golf.
Niall said he was thrilled to have a part in the Olympic Games 2016 : “Being in Rio was a great experience with thankfully very few illnesses to report and only a smattering of injuries. British sport is in a good place at the moment with a performance structure supporting from grassroots level to the top.
“As a doctor in the Olympic environment, we are there to provide clinical support to the athletes who have strived for many years to become an Olympian. It’s a great honour to be part of the team-behind-the-team.
“The Games is all about the athlete journey and it’s fantastic to play a small part in it. It has been great to work with some well-known athletes from British sport with fantastic success for the athletes.
“Sports and exercise medicine has come on significantly since London was awarded the Olympic Games. There is an emphasis on getting the population more active to experience the benefits of exercise, including the prevention of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, cancers, mental health issues to name but a few.
“Hopefully, people who have been watching the athletes competing in Rio will now be inspired to take part in more exercise to get fitter and healthier.”