Injury-proof. Is it possible?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret that I learned from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kathy Yu, at the Australian Gymnastics Championships this year. 

 

Dr Yu told me: “now that you are on the medical side of the fence, you’ll see the sport completely differently.”

 

And I do. Here’s how.

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Tristan Chaiphysio, gymnastics
Gymnast's Wrist

I know this pain. Soreness at the joint line, grabbing and rolling my wrists as I line up for my turn on the floor, asking my coach if I can switch to forwards tumbling instead, because then I won’t have to put my hands down. Lots of gymnasts know this pain.

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Tristan Chai
SIT-STAND

We came across a study last week (Brito LB, et al. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2014.) looking at a sit-down-stand-up test that predicted longevity (or more specifically - mortality)…

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Tristan Chai
MENTAL HEALTH

An encouraging paper by Chekroud et al (2018) using a staggering sample size of 1.2 million people points to a ‘sweet spot’ in exercising as an association with improved mental health…

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Tristan Chai
FYI

Little is known about the ROM of the hip joint necessary to execute sexual positions. Patients often wonder about the risk related to sexual activity after Total Hip Replacement...

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Tristan Chai
CONDITIONED

Pavlov had a dog. 

He experimented with his dog...Every time he fed his dog he would ring a bell as the dog drooled away anticipating its food…

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Tristan Chai
GETTING OUR HEAD AROUND HEADACHES

Have you ever noticed that headaches ‘bog’ you down at your most stressful or busiest times? This can best be explained by their multifactorial nature. Headaches are usually triggered by a build up of multiple factors and rarely stem from a single cause. Therefore, while it can be easier in the short term to reach for the pain-relieving medications, this will only provide temporary relief while underlying issues remain unresolved.

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Tristan Chai
DO YOU KNOW WHO SANK THE BOAT?

One of little Tessia’s favourite bedtime stories is the classic “Who sank the boat?” I’m lucky enough to read this to her most nights (some nights on repeat) and it got me thinking about our clinical reasoning as therapists each day and how patients become injured...

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Tristan Chai
ATTENTION GRADUATES

Welcome to one of the most rewarding professions ever!

Being able to influence people's lives so directly is extremely special and the journeys you take with your clients are both deeply satisfying and inspiring. 

But there are levels to this game...

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Tristan Chai
MARC'S RUNNING TIPS

Below are some tips that I have found useful in my own experience with running. It can be fun to go for a casual run and play around with some different styles, cues and see what works for you! 

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Tristan Chai
ACL REHABILITATION: DO WE REALLY ‘KNEE’D’ TIMEFRAMES?

March 16, 2016. I rush from work to basketball training. We have just won our first game of the Premier League season the week before. I warm up on the sidelines and get straight into the trial game. The young, enthusiastic U18 state team is running a half court trap. I’m playing point guard, I get the ball over half court before being trapped by two players, I jump to get through the press and land awkwardly.. The sound will never leave my memory. I knew straight away what had happened… there goes my ACL.

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LET THE KIDS PLAY

I was reading a CV the other day.

I needed to employ another Physio to help with the workload at the clinic. Essentially, I was looking for a candidate that had clinical experience, someone who had carried out this kind of work before successfully. Most ticked that box...

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BEER AND TRAINING LOAD.

It got me thinking…substitute “drinking” for “running” and “beers” for “kilometres” and this is a discussion that I repeatedly have with people returning to running (or any sport for that matter) after an injury or even after an off-season. Furthermore, substitute “champagne” for “sprinting” and “cocktails” for “high-intensity interval training” and you can start to draw some parallels with common training errors...

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