Through the eyes of a Sports Trainer Feb 21, 2018
I am a professional sports trainer for the Brisbane Roar Women’s league under 17’s. It is the feeder team to the National Women’s League for Brisbane Roar Football and where the football talent scouts search for upcoming Matilda’s to play in the Australian team.
When I was young I played a lot of sport, I owned a dance school with my sister before I turned 18 years old but it wasn’t until I had my three children that I noticed things change. My time wasn’t my own as I taxied my children to their sporting grounds. My rule was the children had to play one sport per year and they had to stick to it for the designated season. This meant the children had to pick a sport that suited them, not just their friends, because they were committed for the season.
Coming from a sporting background I guess my children didn’t have trouble finding their chosen field with one going for hockey and two heading to the soccer fields. For a while I played women’s soccer with my youngest daughter in the same team but injury was proving to reduce my play time on field and increase my talk time off field. So I used this to my advantage.
I started helping out in the first aid shed and it wasn’t long until I participated in the training as a Sports Trainer. I could watch my children play and still continue doing what I loved, being involved in the health of a sporting community. This has continued off and on for over 20 years now and I’m still encouraging the young ones to go on the field with a good mind set and positive intentions.
As a sports trainer my passion for positive mindset, yoga and meditation along with strapping, warm downs and ice baths has lead me to travel away with teams. At the Boys Nationals each year I teach them yoga stretches and meditation as the only female delegate in the squad of 130+ players and officials. Sadly the girls or women’s league do not get these privileges and it is based purely on finances. The ladies/girls do it tougher than the men in that department so having the support of family members is of the upmost importance.
What I have noticed over the years is that there is a sport or an aspect of a sport that suits everyone. It is a matter of trying different ones until you find your best fit but give each sport a season to get used to it and to become involved properly. Make sure you have your family support if you are not supporting yourself but most of all enjoy it. If you enjoy it the hours and time you put into it will always be fun, even during the hard times.
One young lady (14 years old) came up to me the other day and said ‘If I walk away during training it’s because I need some time to regroup’. I said ‘that’s ok and thank you for letting me know. Can I do anything to help?’ She said ‘No, I’ve just had a hard day today and came to training to get away from it for a while. We cremated Dad today and everyone is at our place for it’. The sporting field is not just for playing sports we play out our lives on them.