Where did you grow up and what did you enjoy so much about it that it made you come back after uni?
I grew up just down the road from Albury in the thriving metropolis of Wahgunyah. Well, not actually in town. I was lucky enough to grow up a bit out of town on a property on the Murray, so I did a lot of camping, fishing, riding motorbikes etc, which was an awesome experience as a young kid. Following boarding school and uni in Melbourne, I wanted a change from the city and to be back in the fresh country air! Once an opportunity came up in Albury and with my girlfriend being from the area, I decided to move back and have loved every second of it. I can’t see myself moving again.
The classic question – what got you into Osteopathy?
I have always had a huge interest in the area of health and fitness, so naturally I wanted to study something in this field. Originally, like a few other Osteo’s I went to university with, I wanted to study physio. This was mainly due to the fact I had never heard of an Osteopath nor did I know what they did. It wasn’t until I played footy with a friend and fellow Osteo, where he overheard me and said why don’t you give Osteopathy a go. So 7 years later here I am.
Any serious injuries you have had?
I have been fairly lucky throughout my footy and cricket career to not have too many serious injuries; maybe I don’t go hard enough haha. I’ve suffered from some minor ankle sprains, which have healed fine. There was one fairly serious shoulder injury I suffered in football though, which can still give me grief.
What rehabilitation did you do with your injuries and what are you doing now to prevent recurrence? Why is this so vitally important?
I did a lot of rehab initially, both at home and in the gym. I focused mainly on strengthening, improving mobility and stability through the shoulder. This generally included scapula stabilisation and rotator cuff exercises, closed chain exercises, plyometrics and pilates on the odd occasion. I also continued with my regular gym work where possible. I did have some set backs though, as I loved to overdo it. Yes, we even fall into the same trap over over loading things from time to time.
I’m still regularly strengthening my shoulder a few times a week. It’s really important in helping prevent injury re-occurrence and them flare-ups that can happen unfortunately! And the important thing to me also is making sure the shoulder feels strong and stable as it gives me confidence when I’m playing sport or training.
What you have enjoyed about your brief time thus far at Sports & Spinal Albury?
It is just the great team here. Everyone is super nice and always happy. And I can’t not mention the new clinic. It’s a great setup!
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Usually I’m playing sport on Saturdays and trying my hand at golf on the odd Sunday. I also enjoy getting in the gym or going for a run. In the summer months I love fishing and camping or just sitting back and enjoying a few beers with friends.
Favourite sport and/or sporting team?
I’ve never been able to choose between football and cricket, hence why I still play both all year round. I also enjoy watching NBA and the English Premier League. There are a few teams I follow: Sydney Swans, Manchester United and the LA Lakers.
Anything we should know about you?
Not off the top of my head, I will have to think about that one.