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    Physiotherapy assessments in preseason can be an integral part of injury prevention and improved performance. These assessments provide a thorough assessment of strength, flexibility, movement patterns and functional ability.

    Every sport is different, however, the key components to assess for any preseason assessment include:

    1. Reviewing injury history. This can include existing injuries, injuries sustained the previous season or any lingering niggles.
    2. Range of motion and flexibility. Assessing range of motion and flexibility can identify any limitations that may lead to increased risk of injury.
    3. Muscle strength and power. Evaluating muscle strength using technology including Ax-IT provides an in-depth look at any imbalance or weaknesses that could increase injury risk.
    4. Sport-speicific movements. Analysing specific movements for your sport identity any biomechanical issues that could increase the risk of overuse type injuries.

    With the upcoming cricket season underway and offseason for winter sports, our team offer preseason assessments and screens. Our team at ME Physio is delighted to continue our longstanding partnership with East Malvern Tooronga Cricket Club.

    Our team recently had the pleasure of working closely with Neal to get him ready for the upcoming season. Neal shares with us his experience during his recent preseason getting ready for the upcoming season.

    They say success is the sum of simple disciplines practiced day in and day out. I would argue that in most cases a bit of expert guidance is also needed to make sure we’re practicing the right things.

    In my case I’ve been plagued by a history of soft tissue injuries over the past 6 years, and usually missed 2 or 3 games of cricket a year because of strains or light tears. 

    As I planned for the 2022/23 cricket season, and with my 50th birthday a few months away, I made it a priority to check in with ME Physio during the winter to make sure I had a plan in place to minimise the risk of injuries.

    In early August I did a screening assessment with Vernon Mittal where he tested my arm, leg and back strength and flexibility. From those results, Vernon created a program for me to get me ready for the season ahead. All of the exercises could be done at home and usually with just body weight, and the full routine took about 30 – 45 minutes, which I would do 2 or 3 times a week. Most days I would do one or two small exercises as well to keep working on my higher risk muscles – mostly the hamstrings and calves.

    The results were fantastic. I didn’t miss a game through injury, for the first time in 6 seasons. And that was with a greatly increased workload – playing every Saturday, and doubling up most Sundays, which I hadn’t been able to even contemplate in the past few years.

    Yes, there was some tightness and niggles at times, but generally slight enough for me to manage myself or get under control with a trip to the physio.

    Vernon gave me another assessment at the halfway stage of the season to make sure everything was on track, and a post-season assessment as well to set me up with a program for winter 2023.

    Now I’m looking forward to season 2023/24, confident I’ll have a program that will get my body through the rigours of another season.

    Simple disciplines, practiced day in and day out.

    Neal Woolrich,

    President, East Malvern Tooronga Cricket Club

    To book your preseason physiotherapy assessment, call our team today or book an appointment online.


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    Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone. Shoulder impingement can be incredibly frustrating and painful. 

Tony has been working closely with our physiotherapists Vernon and Dilen to get on top of his shoulder pain. His treatment plan has included hands-on physiotherapy and individualised exercises in our hydrotherapy and strength programs.

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