In our latest ‘SPOTLIGHT ON’ series, we sat down with Amy Decker, Physiotherapist at our Langwarrin clinic. In our chat, Amy talked to us about working with St Kilda Football Club’s AFLW team and how she stays at the forefront of her field.
What area of Physiotherapy most interests you?
An interest area of mine would be bridging the gap between rehabilitation and returning to sport – I believe there is a large gap and often not an appropriate and safe transition during end stage of an individual’s injury.
What has been your greatest professional achievement in the last 5 years?
I’m privileged enough to have two equally great achievements which are travelling to the Gold Coast as a part of the track and field Commonwealth Games team and working with St. Kilda Football Club with the AFLW team.
What professional development have you undertaken to ensure you stay at the forefront of the latest techniques and treatments?
I’m a strong believer that as a physiotherapist if you think you know everything about injuries you are in the wrong field. Treatments and evidence are forever changing and there are always different techniques to learn. I achieve this through podcasts, courses and shadowing highly experienced physiotherapists in addition to studying my masters in sport.
What is one thing that everyone should be doing for injury prevention?
Prevention is the key to injury management and therefore is strongly important to complete mobility and activation prior to playing/training/ working out to achieve the best outcome.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Definitely my favourite part would be when a patient has achieved their goal whether that be taking the court/field for the first time after an injury or lifting up their grandchild. The happiness in the patient’s voice and face – that’s why I continue my job.
If you could be in any movie, what would it be?
Avengers – So I could have super powers!