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.