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Unsung Heroes Celebrated

Posted: May 28, 2012 by dchhoa in Health, Social Issues, Sport

By Denise Chhoa

A unanimous “yeah! of course!” is echoed across the room in reply to “have you guys ever had a sports related injury?”

They start excitedly listing down their painful encounters, bright eyed and with great pride. “I’ve broken me rib, had a broken toe, strained and pulled ligaments, even had a concussion,” starts Matt. He doesn’t get very far into his sentence before Luke can’t help but to cut in, “Yeah mate! I’ve had concussions too! And torn and strained ligaments in the ankle, broken my nose, bruised ribs, chipped a bone off my knuckle and dislocated fingers before. Bruce enthusiastically adds, “I’ve had Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), and had a fractured middle phalanx of the left index finger with a mild deformation of the adjoined articulate surface from playing hockey.”

Matthew Dussin – Australian Football player for Myrtleford Saints

Matthew has suffered a broken rib, broken a toe, strained and pulled ligaments, and experienced concussions in his years as a footballer, but this has never stopped him from getting right back up and into the game as soon as he could.

Luke Lewis, playing soccer despite having a chipped knuckle that day from playing Australian football. He suffered the consequences as he pushed the ball out of the goal in his attempt to play his role as a goalkeeper well.

Luke in action, competing to win the Deakin YMCA Trimester 1 2012 Men’s B Grade Indoor Soccer Premiers

Luke has torn and strained ligaments, broken his nose, bruised his ribs, experienced a chipped bone off his knuckle, dislocated fingers, had multiple concussions but swears he will never stop playing sports and will take on any kind of sport he can.

Bruce Wombwell, President of Deakin Touch Football. Plays ultimate frisbee, hockey, and just about any sport he can possibly try.

President of Deakin Touch Football, Bruce has never let his past injuries – Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and fractured middle phalanx of the left index finger with a mild deformation of the adjoined articulate surface affect his involvement in sports.

These athletes have been playing sports since before they can remember. From hockey to Australian Football, swimming to soccer, they’ve done it, or will do it all without a minute of hesitation. Injuries are a part and parcel of sports and they have embraced it as a partner to their passion. It’s as if they cradle the very idea of their injuries as souvenirs to the most memorable games of their lives. But who’s there when they get hurt, who makes sure they are safe, or prevents them from potential injuries?

Unsung heroes, that’s who; Lifeguards, trainers, paramedics and so on. They are the people athletes can rely on to take care of them in times of need. Trainers, for example, are in charge of strapping the players, rubbing them down to make sure they don’t get cramped up during a game, making sure their padding is put in place correctly and anything else they feel needs to be done to prevent an injury during the game. During the game, they are on a constant lookout for injuries their players sustain and will provide the necessary care in the instance of an injury. Apart from this, they bring water to the players during the game and give them rub downs during breaks.

Paul Tanner, Head trainer of Myrtleford Saints treating a player for cramps by rubbing down his muscle

In an interview with Paul Tanning, Head trainer of Myrtleford Saints reveals an inside perspective of the role of a trainer and his experience playing said role.

Three cheers for the unsung heroes! Hip hip, hooray! Hip hip, hooray! Hip hip, hooray!

Myrtleford Saints dedicated trainers – (From right) Mr Kennedy, Paul Tanner and Paul McIlroy

I can do it too!

Posted: May 15, 2012 by dchhoa in Deakin University, Education

“It’s so cool! Teach me your language!” exclaim Phillipa’s classmates.

by Denise Chhoa

Let me introduce you to Phillipa Russell, an arts and drama student at Deakin University. What makes her special or different from everyone else? She was born deaf.

Despite her disability, Phillipa has never felt disadvantaged, or worse off than her peers. Philippa says that she’s made a lot more friends because of her deafness.

In fact, with her ‘entourage’ (two interpreters and a notetaker) for each class she attends, Phillipa says she feels quite special. Of course, Phillipa is not the only student at Deakin that has a disability and needs assistance with their studies, which is where Deakin Disability Resource Centre comes into play.