For many years as a regional physiotherapist I have seen a shortfall in high performance training and development for regional athletes. These services have always been easily accessible to our metropolitan athletes, but not for regional athletes who have had to commit enormous time, travel and expense to have any opportunity of achieving the highest level possible in their chosen sport.
Over the past 8 years at Mallee Physio in Swan Hill and Kerang, and 6 years at Healthy Mates in Bendigo, we have worked towards developing programs that will assist our regional athletes in achieving better physical outcomes. We have many programs delivered by our amazing physiotherapy and exercise physiology team. Services include injury prevention and management, rehabilitation, recovery, hydrotherapy including contrast therapies, and strength and conditioning, just to name a few.
Over the years we have managed many athletes who have achieved the ultimate level in their sport; Olympians, AIS/VIS athletes, NBL and WNBL basketballers, AFL and AFLW footballers, Australian netballers, national level motocross and supercross riders, PBR bull riders and the list goes on. In 2019 we commenced the physiotherapy management of the Bendigo Spirit and Braves Basketball programs. We take pride in our exposure to the elite sporting arena. Together with ongoing professional development this will enable us to deliver a professional service, capable of assisting athletes from amateur to elite, transition to their pinnacle in sport.
Through our partnership with Bendigo Stadium Limited, we have commenced development of what we anticipate will ultimately become an elite high performance centre, comparable to any such facility worldwide.
Healthy Mates High Performance, Stage 1, is almost complete. Currently, our centre is situated within the Bendigo Stadium facility, adjoining Court 10. By January 2021, we will have installed facilities capable of delivering programs to make you run faster, jump higher and give you greater agility and capabilities in your sport.
We will work with your coaches to enhance every aspect of your performance for the demands of your sport. We will make you a better athlete. Our high performance facility will have physiotherapy and medical consulting rooms to keep you healthy, and screening facilities that will allow us to monitor your progress with accuracy.
We anticipate our programs will commence in January 2021. These programs will be developed and monitored by Master Strength Coach, Russell Jarrett. ‘RJ’ has had enormous exposure to elite sports management systems, working past and present with sporting groups and individuals including AFL, NAB Cup, WNBL, AIS/VIS programs and many regional athletes. RJ will join Healthy Mates as our High Performance Director.
Here at Healthy Mates, we are extremely excited about the prospects of what we can achieve. Healthy Mates High Performance will take our service to the next spectrum and allow us to enhance the journey for regional athletes, in achieving their sporting dreams. We can’t wait to get you onboard. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or go to our website healthymates.com.au for updates on our progress.
-Greg O’Bree, Healthy Mates Founder.