Inspiring Aussies to give it a go
As the Commonwealth Games draw to a close, Aussies are inspired to venture into new sports.
- A third of Aussies that participate in sport suffer from a sports injury every year.
- During Osteopathy Awareness Week (15th – 21st April), Jessica Gallagher and Osteopathy Australia are encouraging people to #GiveItAGo, whilst preventing sports injuries.
As the Commonwealth Games draw to a close, the excitement of a sporting event hosted at home has inspired the nation, many of whom will be encouraged to venture into a new sport. However, transitioning between sports, and making our bodies move in different ways, without preparation, puts us at risk of injury.
While almost two thirds (59%) of Aussies participate in sports, a staggering 1 in 3 (37%) of those will struggle with a sport-related injury each year. Sustaining a sports injury can not only end a season, but also put livelihoods at risk.
Jessica Gallagher is the only Australian Olympic and Paralympic athlete to win both summer and winter medals and is no stranger to transitioning into different sports, having represented Australia in alpine skiing, athletics and most recently track cycling.
Jessica says, “As individuals we are all unique and each sport we participate in is unique. By thinking about what our sport may require of us it allows us the opportunity to reduce the likelihood and mitigate injuries before they happen.”
“Transitioning between sports has and always will be incredibly challenging. There is a very high risk of injury and dysfunction, as an athlete’s body is so finely tuned to suit their particular sport.” says Gallagher.
Osteopathy is a drug free therapy for injury and can be used as a preventative measure to prepare the body when transitioning between sports. The technique includes stretches, massage and mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues to maintain optimum physical condition. Osteopaths offer exercise rehabilitation, exercise advice or prescription, lifestyle advice and education where appropriate. Sports osteopaths can enhance performance and improve muscle strength, rehabilitate and prevent future injuries.
Antony Nicholas, CEO at Osteopathy Australia says, “A lot of the general public think osteopathy is all about back pain; however, many weekend warriors and successful sports people see an osteopath to treat a wide range of sporting injuries and improve their performance.
Jessica says, “I’ve certainly had my fair share of injuries. Osteopathy played a critical role in my rehabilitation, but also in addressing the other areas of my body that were heavily affected.”
“Our body is so wonderfully connected, when one part is injured the effects are widespread and Osteopathy has played a huge role in ensuring I am the best version of myself.”
During Osteopathy Awareness Week (15th – 21st April), Jessica Gallagher has joined forces with Osteopathy Australia to encourage people to #GiveItAGo and offers advice on transitioning between sports whilst preventing sports injuries.
Mr Nicholas says, “Being active and playing in sport has so many amazing health and social benefits, why not see an osteopath to help you perform in your chosen sport and enjoy it for years to come!
Gallagher says, “Sport provides us with wonderful physical, mental and social health benefits. Personally, I love the mix of excitement and nerves of doing something I have never done before and seeing where it might take me. If I don’t like the sport I just try something else!”