Top Tips from The Tennis Physio at The Australian Tennis Open

ash at AO 2020With 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.

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What Makes Champions at the Australian Tennis Open

Kirsty McNab (Sports Physiotherapist) is an extremely experienced and valued member of the Australian Open Team, working as one of four Tennis Australian Physiotherapist for all the female athletes competing at the Open. 2018 marks her 11th year on the job.  Here she talks about some of the things that make Champions at a Tennis Grand Slam.

This year I had the wonderful and very privileged experience of working with the great Billie-Jean King. This year marked her 50th year since winning the women’s singles Australian Open in 1968, one of the 39 Grand Slam Titles she won in her incredible career. As she says, great champions aren’t just made by what they do on court, but also what they do off court.  Making time to give back to your profession, to supporting others less fortunate around you, to always taking time to appreciate all those that help you be where you are in life, to fight for what you believe in and put in the effort to change even the smallest thing, are all lessons I think we can learn from.

What else makes these champions? Dedication and hard work are everything. Hours go into the gym and on court training. But hours also go into rehabilitation. Every minor and major ache is checked out and a routine put in place to ensure it is nipped in the bud.  This means regular sports massage, self trigger pointing, pool recovery, hours of small, specific physio exercises to keep the body working perfectly, stretching sessions with the physio.  Many of these athletes spend several hours a day, every day with us in the treatment rooms under Rod Laver Arena.

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