The Park Practice has developed a good understanding of the needs of teams participating in multi-sport Games. With Mike Blackie having having worked as part of the medical team for the London 2012 Olympic Games supporting combat sports, including boxing and taekwondo, and was also involved at Glasgow 2014 with Rugby Sevens. From these experiences strong links have developed with proactive sporting organisations, who have strong welfare considerations with their athletes.
Team Scotland :
The Official association was launched at Scotland’s Commonwealth Youth Games Team Camp in June 2017. The main remit was to provide an informative briefing for the young athletes about the important part dental health plays in their overall health and wellbeing and how it is an essential part of their preparations ahead of international travel to competition.
This was followed by engagement with athletes selected for Gold Coast 2018, to ensure they were in peak dental health and that those in contact sports have the best possible dental protection.
“More sporting bodies are realising the importance of looking after the ‘whole’ athlete to improve chances of success and I feel that this link up with Team Scotland will be one of the extra percentage points the athletes need to fulfil their performance potential.”
Jon Doig OBE, Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “We are delighted to have The Park Practice on board as our dental health supporter. Many aspects combine to deliver a top performance and dental health is an important component, ensuring athletes get to the start line in the best possible shape. We are already seeing the impact of the messaging from The Park Practice on our Youth Games athletes and we look forward to a long association with Mike and his team.”
Glasgow Warriors :
In November 2018 we were appointed as Official Dental Partner for Glasgow Warriors professional rugby team.
Glasgow Warriors look after the well-being of their players fantastically well and dove-tails with our approach to Oral Health impact for sport
With our West End location we are well placed to provide any support the Warriors require either during the training week or on match days at Scotstoun. We look forward to building a great relationship with Glasgow Warriors and looking after the oral health of the Glasgow Warriors’ family
Glasgow Warriors Managing Director, Nathan Bombrys, added: “The Park Practice has been part of our Business Club since we moved to Scotstoun and it’s great that they have seen the benefit of moving up to Partner level and increasing their exposure through the club.
“We know our players oral health is in good hands and we look forward to working with Mike and his team this season.”
Glasgow Rocks :
Scotland's only professional basketball team , they play in the British Basketball League and like Warriors are very proactive with the well-being of their players.
We have developed a good relationship with the Rocks and the players now all wear specially fitted mouthguards for training and matches . These are thinner than required for collision sports like rugby .
Rocks Owner Duncan Smillie;
“A partnership like this demonstrates the progress we are making as an organisation. We want our players looked after, as young men and as athletes. Good Oral health is crucial to everyone but it is often underestimated the impact it can have on the bodies of athletes. To partner with the guys at the Park Practice is great news for the Rocks. These guys are involved in so many sports from rugby to the Olympics. With these professionals on the sidelines, we’re in safe hands.”