In our latest ‘SPOTLIGHT ON’ series, meet Jen Reid, Physiotherapist at our Somerville clinic. In our chat, Jen shares how being involved in sport herself at a high level, has helped her to be a better physio.
1. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AND PHYSIOTHERAPIST?
Growing up being pretty sporty – spent some time in physio rooms growing up! Always was fascinated with the human body and how it worked – Physio just seemed like the right fit.
2. WHAT DOES BEING PART OF COMMUNITY SPORT MEAN TO YOU?
I guess it gives you that sense that you belong to something and a place to build great social connections, networks and be encouraged/inspired by like-minded people. The people in my local club are like family to me – such a positive environment to be in all the time.
3. What is your philosophy around injury management?
I’ve learnt the hard way with this one….Do as I say, don’t do as I do. It’s not worth injuring yourself/pushing yourself if you are at the point of no return/incredible pain. Some of it can be a mind battle but when your body is telling you to stop – listen to it. As a physio, I think it’s important to educate patients on knowing when its ok to keep going and when you need to stop. If you are sensible in the acute phase of an injury and do all the right things then you’ll end up better long-term. I try not to tell athletes/patients to have a complete rest from sport – I’ll always try to offer an alternative. There is nothing worse than being told you can’t do anything for a certain period of time!
4. What is your proudest sporting moment as a player?
Coming 12th at the World Championships in Mexico last year for Olympic Distance Triathlon in my Age Group.
5. What is your worst injury and how did you overcome it?
Small stress fracture to my femur (hip bone) late last year – soon after my Worlds adventure. I went through the seven stages of grief and six months later eventually found my feet and started training again. It was my body saying it needed a rest from the torture I had put it through the last three years. Physio, support from my partner/friends/family and coach/club really helped me get through and made me realise what patients go through on a day to day basis and how injury can affect all aspects of life – definitely put things into perspective. I’m pretty sure this aids my empathy/practice as a physio.
6. Who is your sporting hero and what do you admire most about them?
Clinton Watson (Director at PSMG Mornington). Jokkkkkes.
Growing up, all I wanted to be was Cathy Freeman – watching her win the 400m Gold in Sydney still gives me goosebumps – what an amazing athlete.
7. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
MRI vision so I could diagnose on the spot – but that’s a bit creepy. Probably to be able to teleport anywhere – like the Maldives so I can go whenever I wanted haha.