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How elite athleticism impacts the body

Adam Monteith, Evoker Physiotherapist, Sydney CBD, talks to Health Times about treating Elite Athletes…

“I wrote to the head physio (old school pen and paper) of the Bronco’s, and asked to come and spend some time.

“They agreed, and I realised that I was on a four week job interview. Thankfully, I did well in this period and they asked me to come back and start work asap. 

Adam Monteith is the founder of Evoker Premium Physiotherapy Services, Sydney CBD and has been working with elite athletes since finishing university.

“I wrote to the head physio (old school pen and paper) of the Bronocs, and asked to come and spend some time.

“They agreed, and I realised that I was on a four week job interview. Thankfully, I did well in this period and they asked me to come back and start work asap. 

“I absolutely loved it. High pressure, no room for error.

“The very first patient of my working career was the Broncos first grade winger, who had just torn his calf in the weekend game.

“He was anxious and wanted to return to the field asap and was asking question like ‘when can I run again?’. I had to learn fast, and I did.”

After this role, Mr Monteith spent some time working for the British Army

“Quite like a sports role as these guys are pushed to train hard, I just had 1400 soldiers to service rather than a few footy teams. Lots of overuse running injuries here.

“We now regularly meet and liaise with a franchise in the NFL, for that elite sporting fix.”

Needless to say, Mr Monteith knows a thing or two about sports injuries, and the long term repercussions of excessive exercise.

He’s seen players left on the ‘scrap heap’, no longer considered useful to a team, despite being young, fit, and motivated.

But Mr Monteith says there are things athletic people can do to manage injuries, both short and long term, and remain active.

One of the most important steps is acceptance.

“First task is to understand your new parameters,” he says.

“A lot of elite athletes have the mindset of train hard and give everything 110 per cent.

“Under the proper care of a nutritionist, strength and conditioning staff and recovery facilities, this mindset and physicality can be maintained long-term.

“However, as professional athletes retire and enter the working force, their properties naturally change and important aspects like nutrition and recovery are the first two that drop off.

“Understanding that your age, your ability to recover and the food you fuel your body with will change. Therefore, so will your new parameters.

“If you train or work within these parameters with appropriate progressive overload and periodisation in your training, then your body will continually adapt without the risk of injury or aggravation to previous injuries.” 

According to Mr Monteith the horse has never bolted when it comes to managing pain and injuries caused by sport.

“It’s just done more work and had a slightly harder life,” he says.

“There’s always room for improvement. Physios are great at identifying which areas are lagging and which joints or muscles need improvement.

“The human body is fascinating.

“Not only is physio good for manual therapy but physios are great at reinforcing good habits: hinge well, retract and externally rotate well, and continually improve on lumbopelvic stability.

“All of these will reduce the risk of further injuries.”

“I absolutely loved it. High pressure, no room for error.

“The very first patient of my working career was the Broncos first grade winger, who had just torn his calf in the weekend game.

“He was anxious and wanted to return to the field asap and was asking question like ‘when can I run again?’. I had to learn fast, and I did.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ADAM MONTEITH | FOUNDER & APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
MHlth Sc (Manip Phty) BPhty BExSc

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After completing a rather unique double degree – a Bachelor of Physiotherapy & Exercise Science in 2003, & a Masters of Manipulative Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in 2010 (a voluntary, yet brutal, undertaking for a physiotherapist who wants to be better), Adam established Evoker in 2011. A physiotherapy practice with a difference. & that difference, or ‘niche’, was absolute excellence. 100% of the time. Attention to customer service detail, & excellence in physiotherapy.

Adam’s career in physiotherapy began in the ‘elite’ sporting arena at the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Club. The lessons learned in this ‘sink or swim’, high pressure environment of the 03/04/05 seasons, created a platform for Adam to really excel in this profession. Adam has accepted invitations to look after the physical health of other Physiotherapists, Doctors, Specialists, Surgeons & none other than the Prime Minister of this country.

Adam Monteith is a highly skilled musculoskeletal physiotherapist. You can be assured that when you see Adam, your complaint will be thoroughly assessed, and he will use the most appropriate and up to date techniques to treat your problem. Adam’s treatment will always be governed by research. He is constantly analysing the results of the most recent clinical trials so that you can receive the most up to date treatment, helping you to get better sooner. Adam only ever uses evidenced based and clinically proven treatment techniques. Adam Monteith is also a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Adam is very time aware and prides himself on seeing his patients on time. With a greater than 10 year history of treating and servicing the busy professional in Sydney city, he respects your time and does his best not to keep you waiting.

Adam has:
25 years combined study & clinical experience in physiotherapy/physical therapy
Worked in the heart of Sydney city for more than 15 years
Worked with both the elite athlete & ‘weekend warrior’
Had great success in treating:
– Acute sporting injuries
– Overuse running, cycling & swimming injuries
– Post operative shoulders, hips, knees and ankles
– Complex neck & back cases.
– Adam is often called on for 2nd and 3rd opinions in these complex scenarios.

Expect: A good listener, time spent in assessment phase, plenty of ‘hands on’ physio and exercise.