By Daniel McGowan Brisbane Lions physiotherapists have been accused of abandoning their old-fashioned methods of caring for players and instead opting for modern-day treatments.
Dr Michael Gaffney, a senior lecturer in rehabilitation and sports medicine at the University of Queensland, said the changes were not welcome.
“What we’ve seen is a big change, a lot of new people coming into the industry, new approaches and a lot more emphasis on technology,” Dr Gaffne said.
“There’s not enough emphasis on traditional sports medicine.”
When you look at the old way of treating a knee problem, you would just do your usual physical therapy and you would get the same results.
“But with new technology and modern methods, there’s a lot less emphasis on that.”
Dr Gaffrey said many physiotherapeutic methods were outdated and ineffective.
“In my experience, a knee is a lot harder to treat than other injuries, so if you’re a rugby player and you have a lot going on in your knee, you have to be very cautious and really cautious about the way you’re going to treat it,” he said.
The changes were welcomed by the rugby league clubs, but the AFL has also welcomed the shift.AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said the AFLPA was committed to continuing to work with players and clubs to ensure a safe environment for them.
“The AFLPA and the AFL Players’ Association are committed to working with players, coaches and clubs on a number of fronts, including training and development, to ensure all players, teams and clubs are safe, well-rounded and fully-informed,” Mr McLachlans statement said.
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