Hartlepool physio called up for Commonwealth Games after being part of London Olympics

HE was part of the London Olympics and now town physio Martin Davies is set to add the Commonwealth Games to his impressive CV.

The 34-year-old, who runs Active PhysioCare, in Victoria Road, Hartlepool, has been selected as a lead physio for the Games in Glasgow this summer.

Martin Davies

Martin Davies

And the dad-of-two will be using his expertise to treat athletes from every country competing in every sport as, like he was in London, he will be based in the athletes’ village.

“I can’t wait,” said Martin, who lives in the Bishop Cuthbert estate with his wife Abby, 34, a teacher, and their two children, Isobelle, four, and one-year-old Joseph.

“It’s a great opportunity, I will be working with physios from all over the world treating the finest athletes on the planet.”

With the role comes responsibility and pressure.

Martin Davies

Martin Davies

Martin said he is expecting a similar atmosphere in the village to what he experienced in London, which he described as “amazing”.

But come competition time there is an inevitable change and he said the feeling around the place is a lot more serious and intense.

“The real pressure comes with the fact you might be treating an athlete who has a slight injury but is supposed to be competing three days later,” he added.

“They’re in your hands and it’s up to you to get them to the start line.”

Despite his experience at London, Martin had to go through another application process for the Commonwealth Games which started last year.

And he was delighted to discover he has been named as a lead physio, meaning one of his roles is to allocate other physios to the various sports and arenas throughout the Games.

“It will be another brilliant experience for me,” he said.

“The atmosphere in the village will be electric and it’s fantastic to be part of that.”

Martin is still reaping the rewards of playing his part in the London Olympics.

His reputation has been on the rise ever since and he now treats a number of professional and international sports men and women including cage fighters, swimmers and gymnasts.

“The last two years since the Olympics have been great,” said Martin. “And as well as being a great experience, the Commonwealth Games will help to build my reputation even more and attract even more top athletes.”