Healing an injury is only one step in the complex process to return an injured athlete to the field. Being on the sidelines can have a large impact on the physical and psychological condition of an athlete, which also needs to be addressed in the return to play process. In other words, we need to recondition the athlete. Physiotherapist, athletic development coach, and footballer Leigh Egger joins this week’s podcast to talk about the process of reconditioning and helping injured athletes.
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Leigh Egger is a physiotherapist, athletic development coach, and semi-professional soccer player. He does clinical work as a physiotherapist for BioAthletic in Sydney and also works with Fiji Rugby. On this episode we start out by talking about conditioning athletes with injuries or other limitations, and then venture into other topics around returning athletes to play.
- 3:30 – Getting back on the field. You get taught your tissue injury time frames in school, but it is a reductionist approach.
- 6:00 – Psychological aspects of rehabilitation: “Psychology and confidence is massively importance in rehabilitation. It is frustrating to be sidelined, but simply getting movement can alleviate the depression and anxiety that comes with injury. “
- 9:15 – Injury as a chance to address weak points and underlying causes: “If you frame a long-term injury to a player as an opportunity to work on their weak spots, reinvent themselves as an athlete and possibly come back to the sport with some new movement tools and tricks to deploy, that can be a massive boost in mindset. “
- 12:45 – Conditioning for injured athletes: “Risk of injury increases not just at previously injured site, but the rest of the body if deconditioned and ill-prepared. A few extra kilos puts more weight through the joints and pushes into the weaker areas. “
- 15:30 – Strategies for conditioning: “Knowledge of pathologies and how this can constrain the training sessions for injured players is critical in keeping athletes conditioned. “
- 19:45 – End stage rehabilitation: “End-stage rehab needs to be the most thorough part of the recovery process, and proportionate to the time spent elsewhere in the rehab process. “
- 24:00 – Rehabilitation timelines.
- 26:30 – Finding balance in rehabilitation. “There is always a reason for injuries, whether it biomechanical, physiological, or psychosocial. Try as best you can to avoid the components sabotaging each other. “
- 29:00 – Getting to know John Pryor, keeping skin in the game, and more about Egger’s background.
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- This month’s site theme is the conditioning, with some great content lined up for the coming weeks. Join HMMR Plus so that you don’t miss out and get full archive and resource library here on HMMR Media. Already we’ve put up new videos on circuit training and wrestling for conditioning.
- Egger is also the co-founder of SpeedPowerPlay. You can follow him on social media via both Twitter (@LeighEgger) and Instagram (@LeighEgger).
- Egger also contributes to HMMR Media. You can find his articles here. His first post for the site also dealt with rehabilitation and looked at the use of plyometrics in the rehabilitation process.
- Frans Bosch and Egger did a video lesson last year on hip lock. You can find additional resources from Bosch and John Pryor here, including multiple videos, articles, podcasts, and more.
- Bill Knowles was also referenced several times on the episode. We had him as a guest on Episode 124 and he dove into the reconditioning topic on GAINcast 49.