Stan Mavridis, the Co-Lead Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapist at Team Bath, will be working with elite athletes from around the world as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games Medical Team.
Stan has been working at Bath since 2010, providing sports massage and soft tissue therapy for performance athletes training at Bath and also for members of the public.
He currently works with the Team GB beach volleyball athletes, rhythmic gymnasts, badminton players and bobsleigh competitors based at Bath.
He has also been working with athletes from all sports during the ParalympicsGB training camps held at the University’s Sports Training Village.
For London 2012, he will be working as a volunteer providing soft tissue therapy support for beach volleyball players at Horse Guards Parade and at Earl’s Court for indoor volleyball players that don’t have their own medical staff travelling with them.
As well as sports massage, Stan uses stretching and taping techniques to support recovery and prevent existing injuries from getting worse during competition.
Stan previously supported the beach volleyball teams at the Olympics 2004 in Athens, where he helped organise the massage team for both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games.
He said: “I’m an Olympics junkie – I’m really excited to be a part of London 2012 – it’s one of the reasons why I got into this career.
“Team Bath provides me with the fantastic opportunity to do the job I love. It’s really interesting to meet and work with top athletes from lots of different countries.
“I hope to be able to do it all again in Rio in four years time.”
Stan has over 17 years experience treating athletes of every standard. He studied his undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the University of Colorado and has further qualifications in Advanced Sports Massage, CORE Myofascial Therapy/Structural Integration, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and Kinesio Taping.
Two other Team Bath Physiotherapists, Katy Williams and Jane Howton, will also be working at the London 2012 Games. Katy will be working with the beach and indoor volleyball teams, and Jane will be based in the Olympic Village supporting athletes from all sports.