In July 2012, East Dulwich osteopath Amberin Fur will be getting ready for the biggest role of her life â€“ working as part of the Central Medical Team at the Olympic Games. It is the first time osteopathy has been brought in as a core therapy for the Olympic athletes, so itâ€™s a double honour for Amberin and the other osteopaths, who fought off tough competition from hundreds of the countryâ€™s top practitioners to be selected to work alongside the very best sports care doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors and sports massage practitioners. Their combined mission will be to heal, hone and prepare the athletes to give the performance of their lifetimes when they step up to the starting blocks â€“ the culmination of decades of intense focus and commitment. Says Amberin: “It is an amazing honour to be selected for the Olympics especially when it is on home soil.Â To also have the opportunity to acquire knowledge working alongside very experienced colleagues and to offer my skills as an osteopath to both athletes and their support staff from around the World is a fantastic opportunity for any therapist.â€
For Amberin, the journey has also taken focus, commitment and determination. As a child, Amberin had dreamed of being an Olympic gymnast. â€œSadly, I didnâ€™t have what it took to be an elite gymnast,â€ she says. But after qualifying as an osteopath, she found a mentor in Jonathan Betser, the late chair of the Osteopathic Sports Care Association, who recruited Amberin to the British gymnastic therapeutic support team. It took well over a decade, but Betserâ€™s and Amberinâ€™s shared dream of having osteopathy included at the Olympics has finally been realized. Along the way, Amberin has set up a thriving complementary medical practice in East Dulwich, and her own private practice in the West End. Sheâ€™s also managed to fit in a family â€“ she has three young sons, and, with the help of her husband Mirza, manages her schedules to prioritise both family and work.
She says: â€œSometimes things align and you get to where you want to be. It is focus, hard work and if you know where youâ€™re headed thereâ€™s more likelihood of you getting there.â€