Do Podiatrists work with professional sports teams?

One of the more popular sports in Australia is Australian Rules Football (AFL). To people outside this it is considered relatively odd as they quite simply have seen no sport similar to it, but are in awe of just what incredible athletes that those who play the game at the professional elite level is. This is a completely professional men's competition of Australian rules football and it has been played for over a century. It began in the state of Victoria, but now some other states have teams in what is now regarded as a nationwide league. The 18 professional teams that compete in the AFL invest greatly in the sports sciences and also sports medicine to get the most out of the athletes in each team. The sports medicine team with each club has a podiatrist associated to help look after the foot injury and shoes needs of the athletes. The function of Podiatrists in the AFL in Australia is considered a template of how podiatry practitioners should be linked to professional clubs all over the world.

For one of the episodes of the podiatry associated livestream, PodChatLive the hosts chatted with five of the podiatrists connected with AFL squads to talk about the world leading model for Podiatry inside an elite sports competition and the developing role of the recently formed, AFL Podiatry Association. The Podiatrists which were on this show ended up Ben Holland with the North Melbourne Kangaroos, Emma Poynton with the Western Bulldogs, Nicki Quigley with the Hawthorn Hawks, Todd Brown from the Geelong Cats and Tom May from the Adelaide Crows. They described the stress of AFL and how that has an effect on the athletes and what the prevalent injuries seen. There was a good discussion with regards to the shoes worn as well as the challenges that brings. There was additionally a discussion with the preseason screening process method that is normally put into practice within the 44-man squads. The episode was sent out live on Facebook, however is also now available on YouTube.