Q&A with our triathlete physio Wendy Casterton

What made you become a physio?

It was always my dream job! My first undergraduate degree was in French, yet with life experience and a personal training and sports massage qualification, I was accepted on to a physiotherapy degree as a mature student. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see my clients smile again once they know they’re recovering from or in control of their physical ailment. As a physio, compared with other medical professionals, we have the privilege of spending a little more time with clients to really get to know them, which really helps with aligning treatment with their goals.

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Triathlon Injuries

Getting injured whilst participating in triathlon is incredibly common. Around 75% of all triathletes will suffer from injury during their racing career, rising to 91% for Ironman (long distance) triathletes. Overuse is the most common cause of injury – which is good news as that is something we can manage – usually occurring in the lower leg or ankle, knees, low back or shoulders. Occasionally injuries will be due to some kind of trauma, most likely falling off the bike!

Written by Wendy Casterton, Physiotherapist

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Q&A with Physiotherapist Benjamin Tan

Hi Benjamin, what made you want to become a physiotherapist?

Starting young as a competitive swimmer, I’ve always been curious with the reasons to why I’d occasionally experience pain in my shoulders with specific movements. Attributing it to the intense demands of training, I often dismissed it to the mentality of “no pain, no gain”. The occasional twinge ultimately developed into a shoulder injury which eventually impaired my ability to enjoy doing the thing I loved. This cultivated my strong belief that understanding your body, opens other dimensions towards a better quality of life and overall well-being.

Written by Benjamin Tan, Physiotherapist

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Getting back to the fitness routine you love after an injury

Often, we are motivated towards a fitness routine we enjoy, be it the daily ritual at the gym or yoga studio, the weekly scuttle around the tennis court, or even a guilt-driven run around the block.

Time and time again, we struggle with sustaining this consistency due to our enslavement to work, personal commitments, or a new/old injury.

It gets frustrating seeing how far we’ve progressed, only to regress on our fitness goals.

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How should lower back pain (LBP) be viewed?

Let me explain further by thinking about this comparison. When we experience a gradual onset head ACHE and feel some pain, we don’t call it a head INJURY and certainly we do not rush off to the doctor, receive some strong medications and get some scans of our brain. We generally think about what the triggers of that headache are and try to address them. It may be drinking more water, getting more quality sleep, having improved nutrition, being less sedentary, taking some exercise or decreasing the stress in our lives.

Written by Michael Bushell, Senior Physiotherapist

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