Brazilian sports physiotherapist contributes to Bath’s London 2012 legacy

A PhD student from the University of Campinas in Brazil who was selected as the country’s lead sport physiotherapist at the Olympic Games spent 11 months in Bath working with the DisAbility Sport & Health (DASH) research group.

Marilia Passos Magno e Silva came to the University of Bath after securing funding from the CAPES Foundation of the Brazilian Ministry of Education.

During her time at Bath, Marilia worked closely with Dr James Bilzon, Head of Department for Health and Director of the DisAbility Sport & Health research group.

They jointly prepared and submitted five papers on the nature and epidemiology of sports injuries in various Paralympic sports, two of which have already been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Sports Medicine and the Journal of Athletic Training.


Marilia with Brazilian Paralympian Alan Oliveira after winning his gold medal in the T43/44 200m final

Marilia’s knowledge and expertise helped her to be selected by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee to act as the lead Sports Physiotherapist for the Brazilian team at the London 2012 Games.

Dr James Bilzon said: “Through our close links with the English Institute of Sport, we were put in contact with Marilia following the first Brazilian Paralympic Congress.

“After securing the funding she needed, we were delighted that Marilia could come to Bath where we worked on a series of papers in English, for submission to various Sports Medicine journals.

“Marilia was a very committed and industrious student, who had completed a series of studies on sports injuries in Brazilian Paralympic athletes, primarily with visual impairment.

“It was a pleasure to have worked with Marilia and my thanks goes out to the substantial support given to Marilia from the University’s academic writing coaches.”                                         

Marilia added: “My time at the University of Bath was one of the most important ones in my academic life. I had all the support that I needed in order to develop my research about sports injuries in paralympic sport. I worked on five papers with Dr Bilzon, improved my academic writing, and got in contact with the GB Paralympic Team with Dr. Stuart Miller, who also helped in the development of my PhD Project.

“It’s an excellent institution for foreign students not only because of the facilities but also because of the very friendly atmosphere where you can feel like you are at home. I hope to be part of other projects at the university in the future.”

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