PHYSIO SPEAKS: Interview with the head of Sports Science & Rehab at Olympic Gold Quest-NIKHIL LATEY

Nikhil Latey is Currently Head of sport science and rehab at OGQ since July 2010. Heads a team of 12 physios and trainers taking care of 80 athletes  supported  by OGQ from 8 Olympic disciplines. He was a Physio for Mary Kom at London 2012. He has done his Bachelors in PT from KEM hospital and GS medical college, Mumbai and Masters in sport and exercise science from Roehampton University, London

As the Head of Sports Science and Rehabilitation, what was the key role you were expected to play at the Rio Olympics? -I was to provide physio support to all athletes supported by OGQ. Since I was not in the games village, we had booked an apartment right next to it and the athletes could walk up for treatments or if they wanted some homemade Indian food. The apartment was the base of operations for OGQ. We had a mental trainer there as well and both of us cooked and took care of the athletes.

What are the key qualities needed to be a successful sports physio? Be ready to rough it out with the athletes at their training venues. It’s not a comfortable life. AND NEVER GET STARSTUCK. You have to stay professional.

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