Boroughbridge physio set for the Olympics

Lower Dunsforth horse physio Dave Jackson.
Lower Dunsforth horse physio Dave Jackson.

A physiotherapist from Lower Dunsforth has been chosen to work at the Olympic Games.

David Jackson, 37, will be part of a 13-strong team of chartered veterinary physiotherapists who will be helping ensure the horses competing in the showjumping, dressage, three-day eventing and modern pentathlon are in the best condition possible.

“Similar to the human athletes, there are a lot of physios involved with the horses,” he said.

“Like the humans they still get muscle problems, they might have swelling around tendons, we’re just there on hand to treat them.

“There is a lot of organisation and things to prepare but I’m really excited too.

“Thirteen physios are there altogether just making sure all the competing horses are OK and looking after their muscles, ligaments and tendons.

“There are a large number of horses, and quite a lot of competitions involving them. It will be very busy and we will be working alongside other people like farriers.”

All the horses are based at Greenwich Park. A treatment centre will be set up on site.

Mr Jackson will work with head physio Anna Johnson, who was physiotherapist to the British Equestrian Team from 1998 until 2006, attending the 2000 and 2004 Olympics in Sydney and Athens.

He currently divides his time working as a human physio for the NHS in York with his equine interests.

“Growing up as a country lad we always had horses, I competed myself as a youngster,” he added.

Nicola Wilson, from Northallerton, will represent GB in London.

She replaced Piggy French who had to drop out due to an injury to her horse’s eye.

She will join Zara Phillips, Kristina Cook, William Fox-Pitt and Mary King.

Cook, Fox-Pitt and King were part of the eventing team which claimed bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

The eventing schedule will start on Saturday with the Individual Eventing and Team Eventing.

It will end on August 9 with the Individual Dressage.