Physiotherapist, Andrew Lee, from our Langwarrin Clinic, is currently the Physiotherapist for local football netball club, Karingal Bulls. We recently caught up with Andrew to find out a bit more about what makes him tick…
What inspired you to become a Physiotherapist?
I’ve always had a fascination with the workings of the human body. I initial completed a biomedical science degree, and my strongest subjects and greatest interests were anatomy and exercise physiology. Going on to complete a Physiotherapy degree seemed a natural progression from there.
What does being part of community sport and specifically, the Karingal Bulls mean to you?
I love all sport, and what better than being involved at grass roots. It’s a really exciting time to be involved with Karingal too with the current infrastructure improvements taking place. The plans I saw for the new club rooms look fantastic and I can’t wait to see it all when it’s complete.
What is your philosophy around injury management?
Knowledge is power, so I try to help patients understand their injury. It’s no good simply telling someone to do something if they have no idea why they are doing it. I think it’s also really important to look at the bigger picture. One of the best pieces of advice I was given as a student was “don’t treat pain, treat dysfunction”. Often the deep rooted cause of someone’s pain can be located well away from the pain itself. Lastly, whenever possible, try to avoid complete rest. It’s rarely good for the body, and if you’re an active person, completely stopping what you love is never good for the mind.
What is your proudest sporting moment as a player?
Early in my twenties, a surgeon directed me away from playing football and running due to a hip issue. I took up cycling on his guidance, and committed myself to completing the ‘round the bay in a day ride’ with three mates as part of my surgery preparation. Despite the surgery being brought forward by a couple of months, I somewhat stupidly decided to follow through with my pledge and ride 240km in a day, only six weeks post hip surgery. It wasn’t a good thing for my recovery, and I spent most of the ride in pain, but it was an amazing sense of achievement and something at the time I needed to feel like the injury wasn’t defeating me.
What is your worst injury and how did you overcome it?
If not for the cartilage tear in my hip listed above, then probably breaking my hand coming off a mountain bike a few years ago. It was mostly numb at the time so I kept riding and didn’t think much of it, but a CT scan picked it up after about 5 weeks of continued pain. The worst thing I remember about it was when tradies would come in with a gorilla grip and want to shake my hand. Eventually with some protection in the form of a brace or taping, some activity modification, and some re-strengthening, it settled and has been fine since.
Who is your sporting hero and what do you admire most about them?
Rodger Federer. He has incredible technique, a great court side manner, and his career achievements pretty much speak for themselves.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I would love to be able to fly.