Tessa Sanderson and Tony Jarrett launch Olympic legacy partnership in Newham
PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:36 09 August 2016
Olympic javelin champion Tessa Sanderson CBE has thrown her weight behind a new partnership supporting injured athletes with the latest technology.
The CEO of eponymous Stratford charity, the Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy (TSFA), has joined forces with Homerton Hospital and the Sir Ludwig Guttman Health and Wellbeing Centre to help novice and talented athletes in Newham and nearby areas.
Sports injury and musculoskeletal specialists will use a £100,000 ultrasound scanner – funded by Toshiba Medical Systems – to identify, treat and rehabilitate athletes with injuries.
Tessa said it would “alleviate the pressure on coaches”.
She said: “It is about nurturing young people to get to the next level.
“If an injury does occur they will get the same treatment as elite athletes at that level.
“We know how important that is when it comes to the right support.”
Tessa estimated that the current cost of a scan would set back athletes anywhere between £300 and £400.
“We currently do not have anything like this,” she said.
“This is a great legacy and what a great place to be able to use it.”
Commonwealth medalist and TSFA coach, Tony Jarrett, added his support at yesterday’s launch.
He said: “We have got the world championships coming next year so this is really going to encourage young athletes to come out and train for events.
“A lot of athletes end their career with an injury. You need to get them into rehab quickly.”
The clinic will be based at the Sir Ludwig Guttman centre and will help people experiencing sports injuries, tendon and muscle sprains and strains, joint pain and arthritis, among other conditions.
As an NHS service, patients will receive free treatment and can be supported via a referral letter from a GP or local hospital.
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