High potential football players from across the Cairns region have been selected for Football Queensland’s Talent Support Program. The program identifies girls and boys from the under-13 to 16 age group to train and compete against other elite teams throughout Queensland as part of the “Quad Series” - designed as a pathway to state selection.
For the second year, PhyxMe Physiotherapy is proud to be working with this group of talented junior football players.
As part of the Allsports Group, PhyxMe is the preferred physio provider for Football Queensland and their physios are experienced in managing the sports rehabilitation and injury-prevention for high-performing athletes.
PhyxMe physiotherapist Aaron Gandecha has been working closely with Talent Support Program coaches and players since 2019 on injury prevention and treatment, as well as advising on training and in-game modifications to mitigate injuries.
Aaron attends weekly training and travels with the group to competitions providing pitch-side assistance. This active role of physio also aims to increase players awareness and comfort about seeking early treatment for any injuries or concerns.
Aaron played an active role in the 2019 season implementing aspects of the FIFA 11+ program, which has been shown in studies to reduce injury rates in young football players by up to 70%.
Aaron Gandecha: Physiotherapist at PhyxMe
Why did you choose physiotherapy as a career?
When I was 14, I ruptured the ACL in my left knee. My injury was managed conservatively (without surgery) and the rehab process required a lot of physiotherapy. This ignited my interest firstly in rehabilitative exercise and later, physio.
Do you have a special area of interest?
I'm passionate about treating overuse injuries in athletes, particularly in the shoulder. Overuse injuries can be caused by a number of variables including form, training load, frequency, type, hormonal imbalances and diet deficiencies. I enjoy comprehensively assessing to identify the cause and creating a bespoke rehabilitation program.
Tell us about your most challenging case or client…
I actually encountered my most challenging clients working as a neurological physiotherapist on a sub-acute stroke unit in the UK. One patient I worked with progressed from not being able to sit up in bed to walking with a stick in six weeks.
Favourite sporting moment?
As an Englishman it would have to be “Super Saturday” at the London Olympic Games when Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford all won gold medals for the heptathlon, 5000 metres and long jump, in the space of 44 minutes!
Your personal mantra is…
Always be the hardest worker in the room.
BONUS: Football Queensland members are entitled to 10% off Physiotherapy and Massage services at PhyxMe.