Jarrod Cook- Sydney to Hobart

Jarrod Cook overcome long term pain in both of his shoulders to compete in the Sydney to Hobart race last year.  Not only did he conquer his pain, he and his team won second place in their division! Physio Renee caught up with Jarrod to find out more about his achievements.

How did you get into sailing?

I grew up in Rowes Bay and Pallarenda, so a big part of my childhood involved boats of all types. Even some misadventure to Maggie on a catamaran built from roofing iron at around 13 years of age. Dad spotted us from the Mundy creek bridge while getting his Saturday papers, and you know the rest of that story!

What are some of your most notable sailing achievements?
It’s hard to say, I’ve been so lucky in the sport. I seem to have always been surrounded by extremely talented Crew and Skippers and also other competitors that have dragged my ability up to a respectable level. To be honest, I’ll forever feel like the apprentice, so I think that says a lot about the company I keep and their perception of me.

I think my greatest achievement in the sport actually stems from coaching. I get a kick seeing some of my previous students competing well, but more importantly… enjoying it!

What are your goals for 2018?
I’m hoping 2018 will be the year that I can compete with one of my son’s, just at a local level. So far it’s been an absolute blast off the back of a 2017 Sydney to Hobart campaign, and we’ve just finished Brisbane to Gladstone in extremely tough conditions over Easter and placed second there also.

How did physiotherapy and massage therapy help you to achieve your goal?
Physio played a huge part in providing a long term approach for treatment. It also trained my subconscious to consider that there were parts of my body that I had to think about positioning, even during the intensity of competition. In summary massage addressed the aftermath and Physio gave me the tools to maintain in between and avoid injury.

Previously I was burning through Anti inflammatory gels and pills at every regatta and then taking weeks to get myself together, only to do it all again the following month.

The Ultimate Foot Massage for Mothers Day

Let’s face it, mums probably have the hardest working feet around. Working, heels, chasing children, shopping and exercise, take their toll on a part of our body we all take for granted. The good news is that a foot massage is a simple way to erase tension and help prevent issues like bunions, plantar faciitis and spurs (or relieve them if they are already a problem).

Here’s my quick guide, so you can treat mum to the ultimate foot massage this Mothers Day (or any day for that matter)!

To start get mum to lie down on her tummy. Ensure she’s comfy and there’s no distractions! Place a towel roll under her ankles, so her knees are slightly bent and heat up a heat pack and pop it on her feet. Make sure you have a little bit of massage oil, light moisturizer or magnesium cream so that you can glide across the muscles. Start on the calf muscles, as these cross the ankle and attach onto the foot. If the calf muscles are tight they restrict ankle movement and contribute to foot pain. Run both your hands up the calf, then separate them and slide down the sides of the muscle and repeat. Do this slowly and apply as much pressure as feels comfortable (make sure you ask if the pressure is ok).  Repeat for a couple of minutes.

Next you want to gently work out the little knots in the calf. Run your hands up the calf muscle again and see if you feel any ‘bumps’ in the tissue. If you do, pause on the knot and hold pressure to that spot or use your thumb to rub it gently in circles until it releases.

Now take the heat pack and place it over the calf muscle. Use your fist to run up and down the length of the foot. Repeat for a couple of minutes to warm up the foot.

Then hold the foot so that your thumbs are on the sole of the foot and fingers are resting around the other side of the foot. Use your thumbs to rub up the center of the foot then separate them and run them down the sides. If you find any ‘knot’s gently rub your thumbs in circles over these areas or sustain gentle pressure over them until they release. Now grasp the foot with both hands and gently slide down the foot, applying a pulling force to gently traction the foot. Then slide fingers over the toes and then gently pull each toe to apply a gentle traction. Hold this for a few seconds.

Get mum to turn over and repeat the above techniques on either side of her shin. You can also repeat some of the foot massage techniques mentioned above in this position (like the picture). Finish with a gentle stretch, pushing her foot back towards her body.

All done! You are now the favorite child ;-). Happy Mothers Day.

Jaquie

Physiotherapist