High-tech aid for Collegians club

Physiotherapist Tracy Clinch scans Collegians U15s player Charlie Eaton. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Physiotherapist Tracy Clinch scans Collegians U15s player Charlie Eaton. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Once only a tool of the most elite athletes, revolutionary technology has come to Illawarra with Collegians juniors one of the first local clubs to benefit.

Developed in Melbourne DorsaVi, used by EPL giants Manchester United (among others), uses sensor technology to identify an individual athlete's injury risk factors by monitoring their movement.

The technology originally focused on the lower back but was also used on the shoulders, elbows and legs.

Collegians Junior Rugby League Club's physiotherapy provider, Phytness HealthCare, can now provide running assessments on development squad players to guide coaches with training programs.

It also helps physios monitor the rehabilitation progress of injured players.

Australian triathlon team physiotherapist Alex Price said the once-exclusive technology can have huge benefits for athletes.

"It's a pretty amazing high-tech piece of equipment. It's previously only been available to the absolute top-end [of athletes] and they still don't give it away," Price said.

"People often get injured on one side of their body and it's got the technology to measure different reactions on ground forces and essentially how much pressure is going through one side or the other. This can measure that so you can figure out why they're getting injuries and how to prevent them."

A fan of the technology is Wollongong triathlete and Commonwealth Games athlete Aaron Royle.

"I first came across it whilst I was down at the AIS doing some rehab work on a minor calf tear. It was an integral part of my return to run process," he said.

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