Physiotherapist, Emma Iacovou, from our Langwarrin Clinic, is currently the Physiotherapist for VNL (Victorian Netball League) Club, Peninsula Waves. We recently had a chat with Emma to find out a bit more about what makes her tick…

What inspired you to become a Physiotherapist?

I wish I had this big story of why I became a physio – but unfortunately I feel like I just got lucky. I have always had an interest in the sport, however I was unsure on what particular area. I completed my Bachelor of Exercise and Science in 2012 and was fortunate enough to get a position in post grad physiotherapy. Started the course and LOVED it.

What does being part of community sport and specifically, Peninsula Waves mean to you?

Peninsula waves is my family :). I have been a player, coach, sports trainer and now physio for the club. I always believe in “giving back”, and being involved with Waves and their affiliated association Frankston District, allows me to do just that.

What is your philosophy around injury management?

I wouldn’t say I go by a philosophy as such, I more focus on injury prevention. I think netball specific conditioning and managing load are KEY to keeping players on court.

What is your proudest sporting moment as a player?

2015 I went to assist the physiotherapist for Two Bays Netball in their State Title Championship tournament, and due to injuries and sickness in the senior team I had to step on court. We ending up winning the grand final by 1 goal close to the siren. That would definitely be a highlight of mine !

What is your worst injury and how did you overcome it?

I have been pretty lucky, no real injuries in my playing career at all. Fingers crossed it stays that way.

Who is your sporting hero and what do you admire most about them?

This is easy – Jessica Jean Cox. This is a current player, and good friend in Waves, who has overcome 2 x ACL reconstructions. She has been told she should “never play netball again”, and yet she finds every way to prove them wrong. When you see a player strive so hard for something they love, that is inspiring to see as a physiotherapist.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Obviously – heal injuries !

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