With just under five months until the Over 50's Veterans Cricket Australia Championships, all state squads are being finalised; most players have commenced training and preparing their bodies for what promises to be the most challenging Championship on record.
The South Australian Silverbacks squad has engaged with the Adelaide-based Physio Smart team to support its players with some critical areas, including flexibility, strength, injury prevention & general fitness in the lead-up to the Nationals.
The Physio Smart Team
"We are proud to be partnering with South Australian Veterans Cricket Association to help achieve their movement potential in preparation for game season." Matt Heavyside, Director at Physio Smart, commented.
At Physio Smart, they pride themselves on going beyond the general physiotherapy approach. Using the highest level of movement analysis, connecting movement patterns to musculoskeletal problems ensures they get to the core of the problem. Rather than fix the problem, Physio Smart wants to stop it from coming back for good. Their goal is to get your body functioning at its optimal level to achieve a high level of performance.
Recently, Physio Smart launched "Motum," their very own movement program. They are bringing this movement program to the members of the SAVCA to help their players reduce the risk of pain and injury going into the game season and help them walk away with a body that works well on and off the cricket pitch.
Matt Heavyside, Director of Physio Smart welcomes Anthony Telfer O50's Delegate to Motum
"The Championship held in Perth in 2019 was a disaster with three players gaining serious muscle strains & tears during the early rounds. Two other players acquired niggling injuries and forced to carry these into the later games." Current Silverbacks Captain John Rankin stated.
Rankin is looking forward to movement improvements in the playing squad the Physio Smart program will bring to the team's success. "We have recently commenced net training at the Adelaide University nets and the South Australian Cricket Association indoor facilities at the Adelaide Oval, which all the players are enjoying. In 2019 we didn't win one game in Perth. In our home state, our goal is to make the Grand Final on the 18th November."
The 29 visiting teams competing at the 2021 Nationals in November will bring powerful squads, and the Silverback selectors & coaches are mindful of having their selected teams in peak physical condition. All visiting State teams boast both quality batsmen & bowlers, but it could come down to the state with a greater level of fitness, fielding & running between wickets that could make all the difference.