By Physioworks February 2018
Waverley Park Physiotherapy Centre (WPPC) Physiotherapist Amy Shipperd has been busy this summer providing her expertise across elite cricket and tennis events.
In early January, Amy Shipperd was the team physiotherapist for the Victorian Country U15 Girls Cricket team at the 2018 U15 National Cricket Championship held in Adelaide.
In developmental under age elite sports, many challenges present as most athletes have different levels of growth, fitness and development in their ever changing bodies – all important considerations for the health care team in providing best support for both the individual and the team.
The U15 Victorian Country Girls battled hard in very hot conditions; meaning Amy found herself very much focussed on the hydration of each player.
“The biggest injury concern over the Championship week for all teams was the heat,” said Amy. “So to combat the heat, hydration and eating good food was critical – we made sure the girls were continually drinking plenty of fluids and eating heaps of fruits’ added Amy.
Later in January, Amy Shipperd was a member of the health care team at the Australian Tennis Championships (ID) held at the Albert Reserve and Melbourne Park, where her physiotherapy expertise supported both male and female competitors.
The annual championship, organised by Tennis Australia and Sports Inclusion Australia is an international tennis tournament for players with Intellectual Disabilities.