Traveling Physios – Oh, the places we go!
One of the highlights of being a physiotherapist in the sport physiotherapy community is the opportunity to travel around the world with athletes and teams. Many of our therapists have traveled far and wide with a variety of sports including rugby, skiing, tennis, field hockey, and soccer. Lots of people think we are on holidays while on these trips but the truth of the matter is that we therapists tend to be busier during a road trip than we are in the clinic!
Most recently, Dan was in Qatar with the Canadian U16 Mens soccer team. The team was invited by the Aspire Sports Academy, an integrated sports development, sports science and academic learning program for boys aged 12-18. The academy itself was quite a stunning site, complete with a soccer stadium, a hotel, and 8 soccer fields of which were wired for GPS monitoring of the athletes performances while on field. The Canadian boys played well against another visiting team from Germany winning 5-2, and then lost a hard fought battle to the Aspire Academy team.
Carl, our regular world traveler, was also away recently teaching a course in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His course titled “Malalignment Syndrome in Tennis Players – A Clinical Perspective” was hosted by the Argentina Tennis Association and Fundacion Nixus and delivered to a group of tennis coaches, physicians, and physiotherapists at the Argentine Olympic training centre.