How much activity is too much for your child?
Growing pains, sports injury, or something else?
Do you know the tell tale signs & symptoms every parent should look out for?
Free information session “Looking after your young athlete”
Wednesday 23rd May, 2018
Canada Bay Club
4 William Street, Five Dock
Places are limited – register now to secure your place
Suitable for parents of children aged 8 – 18 years of age
Why should you attend this free session?
Activity levels for children and young people are falling, with a corresponding increase in overweight and obese children. As parents we want our kids to be as active as possible (and off the couch and devices!).
At the other end of the spectrum children and young people who are more active are training more, and doing more in one sport or multiple sports. In alot of cases, training sessions are getting longer and more intense. As a result, the incidence of injuries in children and young people is increasing.
Young people with injuries we usually see in older people, just shouldn’t happen. I absolutely know that with awareness, education and support for parents, we will see less of these injuries in our community.
Like most of you, I too am a parent and place the health and wellbeing of my children before anything else. My profession happens to be as a dual titled Sports Physiotherapist and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, as well as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. This gives me a great insight into what information and skills engaged parents need to successfully negotiate the sporting pathway for their children during their vital developmental years.
Awareness – Education – Support
What are some key, tell tale signs, symptoms or changes you should watch for as a parent?
What can I do to help keep my child active without overload injuries or avoidable injuries? How an injury is managed initially can have a big impact on recovery and return to play.
What sort of questions should you keep in mind when you see a doctor or physio about your child’s injury?
Topics covered will include:
- Acute injury management
- Rest & Recovery – What is optimum?
- How much physio/chiro/osteo treatment is enough?
- X-Ray, MRI, Ultrasound – when are they important and what are they for?
- Monitoring your young athlete at home – Key Indicators
- Warning signs to be on the lookout for – including mental health
- Load Management
- School/home/athlete balance
A bit about me
I am a parent first and a Sports Physiotherapist second – I would love to talk with you and other parents about my experiences and help you understand some of the common, tell tale signs to watch for in your children. My own children are now 8 and 4 years old, and I coach junior AFL for the U/9’s at the Leichhardt Cygnets JAFL club.
I have over 18 years’ experience in both elite sport and with everyday people, including 10 years with the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey Team.
These roles have been both as a physiotherapist and strength & conditioning coach. I also spent the 2011 & 2102 AFL seasons as the Rehabilitation Coordinator and Sports Physiotherapist for the Adelaide Crows.
Prior to this, some of the other teams I have worked with include;
- Australian Sevens Team
- International Rugby Board
- ACT Brumbies
- Parramatta Rugby Union
- Kellyville Bushrangers Rugby League
- Metropolitan Cup NSW Representative Team
- Campbelltown AFL Club
- Northern Suburbs Netball U/14 Representative Team
- South Australian Women’s Ice Hockey Team
Q & A Session on the night
No lecturing to you, this night is a conversation about helping you look after you children. I want to share my years of experience with you. Ever wanted to talk with an experienced Sports Physio for more than a few minutes?
This will be your chance in a small forum to share your experiences or concerns about young people, training loads, injuries and staying healthy and ahead of the game.