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Nuffield Health: Team doctor’s admiration for Paralympians

Consultant sports physician Dr Stuart Miller, who is based at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, The Chesterfield, in Clifton, was due to head up the ParalympicsGB medical team at the  Winter Paralympics in South Korea.

Disappointingly for him, he suffered an eye injury just weeks beforehand and so has been forced to miss the Winter Paralympics. In addition to looking after Bristol’s sports and exercise enthusiasts, he was delighted to be appointed Chief Medical Officer to the 2018 ParalympicsGB team and now, having experienced his own injury, the achievements of the paralympians seem even more awe-inspiring.

No stranger to elite level sport, Dr Stuart Miller was lead doctor for the ParalympicsGB team in Rio in 2016, Beijing in 2008 and the Winter Paralympics in Sochi in 2014. His career highlight to date was as Lead Sports Physician for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games, where he had a big role on the ground, being responsible for the welfare of athletes from across the globe. A pioneer of sports medicine 24 years ago, he is a senior sports physician within the English Institute of Sport at the University of Bath.

In preparing for South Korea, the types of injury Dr Miller envisages at PyeongChang, are knee ligament, wrist, shoulder and head injuries. He comments, “Imagine heading down a full ski slope at 70mph, with a disability such as partial sight or in a sit ski. At this level of competition, there is a high risk of injuries for our extremely brave paralympians, who have often already overcome significant injuries. With my own injury temporarily affecting my sight, I have even more respect for these athletes.”

Locally Stuart Miller is part of the Nuffield Health Sports Injury Service, working alongside specialist sports consultants; orthopaedic surgeons Jonathan Webb and Stephen Eastaugh-Waring, general surgeon Dan Titcomb and cardiologist Guido Pieles. This expert team of  Bristol’s raw talent works with top level sports people but is also very focussed on treating the ‘weekend warrior’ type individual too; those who are very keen on recreational sport and need to get back quickly to their work and fitness levels. The Nuffield Health sports injury team are all keen sportsmen, with a deep understanding of the psychology of athletes and their desire to win.

Dr Stuart Miller, expert sports physician at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, The Chesterfield.

To find out more about treatment services for sports related injuries at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, The Chesterfield, please ring 0117 906 4870 or visit nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/Bristol

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