Health and Rehabilitation


“Changing small details can make a huge change in results…”



As you can read from my stories as a athlete, coach or as a consultant,I have learned about both Western and Eastern principles of health and life by going through my own pain and disaster. Through these experiences I have discovered many useful methods that I use not only for myself but also for my athletes. These methods enable a faster and more complete cure of injuries and operations (particularly knee-and ankle joint, injuries of muscles, tendons and inter-vertebral discs).


Rehabilitation is repairing a damaged function, and the problem which can occur during this process, is that the athletes do minimal training. This inactivity delays their return to full functionality.
My athletes are training even if they can’t walk. It helps them gain their full efficiency and capability in record time and they are able to recommence their sporting careers with a minimum delay and more importantly maintain their fitness level or improve it during and after injury.


Examples

  • Sprinter Tanya van Heier injured her hamstring 6 weeks before the Indoor World Championships (WC). In 5 weeks she did her PB in a pre-competition trial and won a silver medal in WC for Australia in the relay 4 x 200m.
  • Tatiana Grigorevia had an ankle injury 7 weeks before the 2000 Olympic Games. After 3 weeks of treatment, she started jumping and in 7 weeks competed at Olympics and won a Silver Medal.
  • Henry Frayne injured his ankle and in 6 weeks was able to compete, won at National Championships and was selected for the World Championship where he did a PB and an Australian junior record.
  • Ellen Pettitthad a knee cartilage operation in November. In March she competed at the Australian National Championship; she did a PB and was selected for the Commonwealth Games where she did another PB.

I Am :

  1. Creating, consulting, and supervising rehabilitation programs for injured athletes. While the injury is being treated, the athlete is also increasing strength, flexibility, coordination with speed elements and a combination of psychology. For example, instead of training sessions the treatment involves a combination of massage and special gymnastics. After injury many athletes have a post injury fear of the injury recurring. 
  2. Conducting training sessions to achieve a quicker recovery after competition or matches.  The training session can develop the physical condition as well as increase the speed of recovery (quicker than passive rest). This treatment can involve specific physical exercises, sauna, massage, pool, breathing exercises and elements of yoga etc.

One of my personal discoveries, is that while an injury is painful at the time, it always provides a valuable lesson. Nothing teaches you better than your own pain…


As I have been an athlete and experienced the frustration of injury, I have had personal experience with this. I know how important it is to get back to training and not to lose your momentum while rehabilitating. If you want to know more, contact me.

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