In our latest ‘SPOTLIGHT ON’ series, we sat down with Therese Stegley, Physiotherapist at our Langwarrin clinic. In our chat, Therese gave us some insight into what motivated her to become a Physiotherapist and why former Australian Diamonds captain, Sharelle McMahon is her sporting hero.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A PHYSIOTHERAPIST?
In high school I was always interested in science and played a lot of sport growing up. It wasn’t until I got to VCE and did Biology and P.E that I really realised that I loved anatomy and wanted to pursue some sort of job in the Health Science industry.
What does being part of community sport mean to you?
Community sport forms a major part of why kids growing up continue with team sport for the rest of their lives. Most local clubs have an emphasis on camaraderie and respect and being a part of something like that really motivates you to be active and be a part of a team for years to come.
What is your philosophy around injury management?
As physiotherapists the last thing we want is for someone to no longer be able to play their favourite sport in the long run due to injury. Injury prevention is a main focus of people’s recovery and its important to not think of rehab as being a quick and easy fix. Educating patients and empowering them through knowledge makes it easier for them to understand their progress.
What is your proudest sporting moment as a player?
Competing at state level for netball and softball.
What is your worst injury and how did you overcome it?
My worst injury would have been when I snapped ligaments in my ankle playing netball. I wasn’t even on crutches for a week and I got fed up using them so I just walked without them. I wish I hadn’t! Still to this day my balance is bad on that ankle. I should have listened to my physio!
Who is your sporting hero and what do you admire most about them?
My sporting hero would have to be Sharelle McMahon (former Australian Diamonds captain). Although I play centre in netball and not shooter, I have always admired her dedication at an international level. She continued to play netball after snapping her Achilles Tendon and then having her first baby a year later, which I don’t think a lot of people could do. I’ve also met her numerous times and even though she’s retired she remains a part of Australian sport.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Definitely time travel.