Striving for Injury Prevention

The greatest fear of any athlete is not being beaten by someone better – it’s being injured striving for success.

But participants in the 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games are in good hands if something goes wrong.

Tracey ‘doctor of happiness’ Bradley and her team at Sports Medicine will have someone on hand for virtually every event.

The team were called on yesterday to help out when a competitor fell in a 100m race at Traeger Park. Luckily there were only a few bumps and scrapes.

Ms Bradley, who is the NT manager for Sports Medicine Australia, said this year there are seven doctors from around Australia, eight physiotherapists, three training sports physicians and several sports trainers at the Games.

“Everything we need is in the clinic so we can do anything from plaster an ankle, to stitching an open wound or pulling out a splinter,” she said.

“We can also look at bad backs and other injuries.

“Our main aim is to get the player back into their sport.

“We try to cover every event if required.

“Apart from the main clinic at Traeger Park, doctors and sports medicine trainers go out into the field.

“With this weather we are encouraging all participants to rehydrate correctly.”

Athletes are also reminded to cover up with Sunscreen and wear a hat.

The team is headed by Dr Viran De Silva, a fourth year registrar for Territory Sports Medicine from Darwin.

The team also includes Greg Winter, a sports physician from Townsville and Tasmanian Dr Linda Clow who worked at the recent Rio Paralympic Games.

People attending the Sports Medicine Clinic are asked to bring their Medicare and/or private healthcare card. There is no charge for the services at the clinic although items such as a knee brace will need payment.

Bookings are not necessary but more serious injuries will be attended to first.