With 2020 being the 13th year Kirsty McNab, Sports Physiotherapist, is working as the physio for the Womens Draw at the Australian Tennis Open, and with Gena Wallis, Sports Physiotherapist, working at the $60K follow up tournament to the AO in Burnie, Victoria, here are a few tips on keeping players in top condition as they go deeper in the tournament, or are having to follow straight up into another high level event
RECOVERY – is everything. From treatment of ongoing issues, to recovery bathes, to compression garments, to massage, to rehydration and meals, to sleep…..you name it….all things that the physios work with the players to ensure happen well.
NIP IT IN THE BUD – any niggles get jumped on immediately. Understanding what, why and how of something the player is experiencing helps guide what is best treatment. This is not just hands on treatment, but exercise rehab, changes in equipment, whether resting is best (not something anyone ever wants to hear), do the sports physicians and doctors that work on site need to be involved
WORK AS A TEAM – the physio has to get everyone involved that they feel the player needs to ensure the very optimal management, that may be the sports physicians, the massage therapists, the recovery centre team, the dietician, the podiatrist, their own support team and coach – everyone is on site if the player needs it. Keeping these players at their best is very much a team effort.
Enjoy the rest of the Tennis