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.
We get many amazing people walk through our doors every day. Samara James is one of those people. A competitive senior gymnast, who, through hard work and determination, has returned to her sport after a huge injury. Physio Nicole interviewed Samara, so we could share some more information about this amazing young lady.1. When and how did you get started in gymnastics?I got started in gymnastics at the age of 3 in a kinder gym class because my big sister did gymnastics at the time.2. What are your achievements to date?I have worked my way through the levels to now be a senior gymnast. I have attended many competitions over the years including state championships for level 4 and 6. In 2014 after suffering an injury, I went on to be awarded most improved gymnast for my team and the next year qualify for States. Last year I came 3rd at the Regional Championships and qualified for the State squad team.3. What are your goals for 2018?My main goal for 2018 is to compete at level 7. In order to do this I need to have made a complete recovery and regained all of the skills I lost prior to my injury.4. How has physio helped you?In August 2017 I dislocated and fractured both elbows during a tumble on floor. If it wasn’t for Nicole and physio, I am sure I would never had regained my elbow strength. Because of physio I had my full range of movement back after just a few months and was back training after just 2 months following the injury. It felt like we were taking it slow however by gradually building my strength and movement I haven’t experienced any setbacks and have made steady progress . Now 7 months later I am almost 100% back and preparing for the competition season, including completing skills such as back handsprings.
Spinal stenosis a narrowing of the canal, that a spinal nerve travels through, leading to nerve irritation and pain. Rod McRae has spinal stenosis and through hard work and exercise has achieved amazing goals.
Rod wanted to be able to lie flat without pain, stand up from a chair pain free and get out into the garden. Due to his hard work with his exercise classes and physiotherapy, he has been able to manage his back symptoms and improve his overall function. He can now lie flat, stand up straight without too much pain and spend more time in the garden. His hard work and patience with rehabilitation has really paid off. Thanks for your hard work Rod! Amazing progress like this really makes our job worthwhile!