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Kay Atwal, Chief Reporter
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Former Olympian Tessa Sanderson has announced a partnership with Toshiba that will help make state-of-the-art technology available for talented athletes in her Foundation.
As part of the partnership, Toshiba Medical Systems will provide ultrasound imaging technology for the Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy. The technology will allow the Foundation to identify, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate young, talented athletes as they complete TSFA programmes.
Tessa Sanderson, CBE, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to provide this equipment to young people playing sport outside of an elite athlete environment. I wish I’d had access to this technology and medical care when I was starting out and indeed through my career – there are many times when I was advised to train through injuries, which eventually resulted in a ruptured Achilles tendon.
“Having access to this technology and the advice and guidance from Toshiba, and our medical staff, will mean that today’s young athletes at the Foundation will be given a psychological boost for their training efforts knowing that they are developing in a safer environment with regard to injury prevention and, should they get injured, better, faster, and more accurate paths to recovery.”
The Foundation has created a unique youth sport and life skills programme in London, and outer London areas, for able bodied and disabled youngsters to enjoy sport with a view to them participating at higher levels. Based at Newham College, TSFA employs a growing number of experienced ex-international class coaches and works with teachers and managers in local schools, community centres, sports clubs and academies. The Foundation and Academy has a structured programme that helps youngsters identify and experience the positive benefit of sport on lifestyle, nutrition and wider life skills. It currently has several athletes working towards qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games.