In our latest ‘SPOTLIGHT ON’ series, meet Leroy Haines, Physiotherapist at our Mornington and Edithvale clinic’s and current Physiotherapist for the Edi-Asp Football Netball Club. Leroy chatted to us about how community sport helps improve life skills and his yearning for time travel!
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A PHYSIOTHERAPIST?
I have always played a lot of sport and with that has come a lot of injuries and therefore physios. Being involved in sport sparked my interest in strength and conditioning and exercise and sports science. The main turning point that got me thinking about becoming a physiotherapist was in 2008 when I tore my ACL and MCL in a footy injury. Recovery from that required an ACL reconstruction a lot of physiotherapy. My physiotherapist for that rehab was actually Clinton Watson (Director of Mornington Central Physiotherapy). Since then, my passion for injury management and strength and conditioning grew and I completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science before doing a Masters of Physiotherapy.
What does being part of community sport mean to you?
Being part of community sport means a lot to me. Since I could, I have always been involved in a variety of sports from Soccer, Rugby Union and Cricket, to Aussie Rules and many more. I’ve been involved to varying degrees, from playing to coaching and being a physio. I still continue to play competitive cricket and soccer. Being involved in community sport is a great may to meet people, establish relationships, and improve life skills.
What is your philosophy around injury management?
Correct diagnosis and early management is crucial for optimal recovery and returning to full fitness as soon as possible. In the majority of cases, tissue heals best under load. So, as soon as it is safe to do so, I like to start loading the injured area with appropriate exercises. Muscular control and function is key to most injuries. Exercise plays the most important role in management and recovery.
What is your proudest sporting moment as a player?
Representing Kent County in Cricket and Rugby at junior level.
What is your worst injury and how did you overcome it?
My worst injury was a ruptured ACL when I was 17. Recovery involved ACL reconstructive surgery and about 12 months of rehab. All in all I was out of sport for about 18months.
Who is your sporting hero and what do you admire most about them?
AB de Villiers ( South African cricketer). His skills and no fear attitude towards the game. He backs his ability and isn’t afraid to take risks. Above all he is always a good sportsmen.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Time Travel…the one thing that we lack in life is time. To be able to get more of it and to go backwards or forwards in time to different era’s would be amazing.