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Hear from a Rio physio in October
30 August 2016
At the time of writing,
, FACP, is in Brazil with the Australian women’s Olympic soccer team, the
, preparing for their first ‘friendly’ game with the Brazilian team. At his appearance at the
Queensland Members’ Dinner
on 8 October, he’ll be reflecting on the experience of travelling with a team to the largest sports gathering in the world.
With long days and high expectations to perform, the Games can be as mentally gruelling as they are physically.
‘In the clinic you see people maybe twice a week, at most three times a week, whereas travelling with a team you’re seeing people every day,’ David says. ‘The pressure to get them back to training and playing is obviously far greater. Your decision making and your clinical reasoning become far more important.’
However, clinicians in all settings can take away lessons from David’s experience of working with sporting teams.
‘It’s important to have a good grasp on the evidence-based medicine and, secondly, be able to apply it with a strong base of clinical reasoning. Then, your judgements can be argued soundly whatever they may be. Because, at times, that’s exactly what you’ll have to do,’ he advises.
David’s career began over 20 years ago in private practice, where he continues to practise in addition to his sporting team commitments. As well as being one of two team physiotherapists for the Matildas, he consults for the Gold Coast Suns AFL team.
'Gold Coast physiotherapist goes for Olympic gold',
Gold Coast Health
'The team behind the team',
Australian physiotherapists travelling to Rio
The breadth of pathologies that he sees across the two sports and genders keeps him stimulated. He says the key to achieving these positions was saying yes to every opportunity.
‘I spent many late nights at football grounds in the cold, often by myself, learning. It’s all about getting yourself in a position where you can learn from more experienced physios. Whatever comes from that will be based on the fact that you’ve got that experience.’ He hopes that his presentation will highlight the diversity and scope of a sports physiotherapist’s day-to-day practice.
for the QLD Branch Members' Dinner and Professional Excellence Awards, happening on 8 October.
Nominations for QLD Branch Awards open
Do you know a physiotherapist colleague deserving of recognition? Nominate them for an award before 26 August.
WHO-WPRO gathers in Brisbane
The World Health Organization Western Pacific Region held its 68th meeting in Brisbane, and Katrina Williams, FACP, was invited to observe.
Hearing for balance: have your say
The Australian Government recently launched its Inquiry into the Hearing Health and Wellbeing of Australia, and is calling for opinions and proposals.
Professional Excellence Award winners
Queensland Branch Council recently welcomed members to the 2016 QLD Branch Members’ Dinner and Professional Excellence Awards. An evening of networking, entertainment and celebration was enjoyed by all attendees.