A week in the life of a sports physio – Sarah

This week has been slightly more busy than usual but overall it has been a great one. Being a co-owner of a sports physiotherapy clinic brings a lot of meetings, supporting sports teams, supporting staff and of course treating patients. Maybe you were in the same places as me and didn’t realise, or maybe you’ve seen my car around town. So here goes:

Saturday – Supporting our newest physiotherapist Rosie Bell at Rangataua Rugby and catching the second half of our Irish full-of-beans physiotherapist Lindsay Workman at Greerton Rugby. We have been proud to support Greerton Marist Rugby for the past few years and this year were approached by Rangataua Rugby to help support them in their 2016 season. Both teams have a number of injuries that are keeping us busy but with compliant patients and hard work from the girls they are really enjoying working with coaches and managers of the respective clubs. Good luck to all involved and we always look forward to seeing our athletes in the clinic during the week to update us on the weekend results!














Monday – I dropped my car in to our friends at Phillips Garage who we look after with physiotherapy treatment in our Back In Action Physio Greerton Clinic and they really look after our cars for us! We highly recommend their services for all things car related.

  • Accounting meeting with Leanna and Shirley Seales from Staples Rodway who has also been a patient at Back In Action Physio from our days in Ohauiti.
  • At pilot bay analysing and retraining two patients on how to run. They are doing so well with injury recovery, gradual return to sport and keeping on track with their training plans for the Port of Tauranga Half Ironman 2017.
  • Monday night I caught up with some of the girls from Greerton Marist Netball at the Magic’s game in the ASB arena.






























Tuesday – After working at the clinic on Tuesdays you can find me down at the QE2 with the Tauranga Men’s and Women’s Volleyball training where we sponsor all 5 teams. They are training hard for their busy 2016 season and we are enjoying supporting the club this season as much as we did last year.












Wednesday – Catching up on administration with our fabulous receptionist Kelly Bentley (soon to be Kelly Waite – good luck for your wedding coming up!!) in our Back In Action Physio Greerton clinic.

  • Watching the Greerton Marist Netball teams down at Blake Park with a current patient who injured herself playing netball and is about to have surgery. We have a great rapport with our surgeons and occasionally take time out of treating to watch our patient’s surgeries so we get a great idea of what actually happened in the surgery and can liaise immediately with the surgeon regarding their guidelines for rehabilitation from day 1.














Thursday – Over with Kelly Bowry our resident physiotherapist at SPEE training on Hull Road in Mount Maunganui. Having a clinic in the mount allows more of our patients access to our services from Papamoa to Katikati and everywhere in between. Our Back In Action Physio Mount clinic is inside SPEE Training which is a great facility for all things fitness and we work very closely with Reece and Vanita to give a great holistic approach to treatment allowing our patients a more progressive rehabilitation. We love the way the trainers at SPEE have a special focus on correct form which aligns perfectly with our treatment values. In this photo we are assessing a patient running after we had looked at her bio mechanics and extensive training shoe collection.














Friday – Friday is inservice day at Back In Action Physio. All the staff get together on a Friday for a lunchtime meeting where we share ideas on treatment techniques for difficult patients, inform each other about the latest and greatest research in the world of physiotherapy, feedback on courses or recent surgeries attended and brush up on our clinic handling skills to make sure we are all on the same page to give every patient the best possible treatment and progression. Some weeks there is a birthday so we make sure we sneak a cheeky cake in to the meeting. Other weeks we invite a guest speaker to come and chat to us about their professional knowledge and this week it was Gemma Tukaki who is a neurological physiotherapist talking to us about a recent concussion course and relating it to our current patients. She was also able to enlighten us more about the current protocols and services available from ACC, independent health providers and insurers to all our patients who might have experienced a minor or major head injury.













Saturday – Kelly Bowry and I popped down to watch the match-up between Rangataua Rugby and Greerton Marist Rugby. It was a battle on the field and off with Back In Action Physios on both teams. Well done to all players as it was a fantastic game to watch and well done to our amazing physios who sharply ran on the field to help out the guys and keep on the field as much as possible. I am proud to have you girls in our ranks and look forward to seeing where the rugby teams end up this season.













Next week I am hoping to pop in to Move It Fitness to put some motivational posters up, head down to The Lakes to support our many patients and our resident super-star physiotherapist Emily Kendrick compete in the Tauranga Triathlon Winter Duathlon Series, catch up on the accounting and administration homework I have gained this week, tagging along with Leanna Veal to a SPACE talk on pelvic floor, heading up to Grace Hospital to watch an ACL reconstruction  and continuing to treat patients as required. I will still be cruising between different sports training’s and games both supporting and helping out where I can so make sure you come and say Hi if you see me. I look forward to seeing you all in the Back In Action Physio clinics or out on the field!

Sarah Walker