10 August 2017
For the last 10 days our Physiotherapist, Aaron Wharton, has been in Ireland (Maynooth) working as a Team Physiotherapist for FIBA Under 18 Women’s Basketball European Championship (Division B). He said "The experience has been great and I am really enjoying it. We have been successful in getting out of the group stages (4-1) and into the final 8 (out of 23 nations). Our first game of the next stage will be on Friday 11 of August 2017 against Romania - a tough aggressive side".
Throughout the tournament, he has been working closely with a multidisciplinary team inclusive of head coach, assistant coach, team manager, performance analyst and team doctor. As always, communication with the multidisciplinary team is key to success! The working hours have been long and it is not unusual to find staff working into the small hours of the morning reviewing game tape and preparing for their opponents.
Whilst the coaching staff are busy getting the strategic preparation done, Aaron's role has been ensuring that players are physically prepared to perform their best. This includes promoting good nutritional choices, implementing protected rest/sleep times, guiding warm ups and cool downs, and carrying out various physiotherapy treatment interventions around the clock. He has found that building good relationships with players has been key and it has helped make his job much easier.
The staff have been very receptive and welcoming and Aaron is looking forward to having some more success this weekend!
You can keep up with the progress of the team by visiting the this link.