Dr Greg Harris and Dr Anthony Hipsley have been busy out of the office of late – heading to the Masters Games of 2018 which was held in Alice Springs.
The Alice Springs Masters Games is Australia’s first and oldest Masters Games, starting in 1986. Every two years over 3000 athletes come to the Red Centre for a week of competition and camaraderie. Some have even made the trip from Ballarat!
Both of our Sports Medicine doctors were at this year’s “Friendly Games”, held from October 13-21st. As Medical Director, Greg Harris headed a team of 7 doctors, including our Anthony Hipsley, 8 physios and a small army of Sports Trainers. The pop-up Sports Medicine Clinic usually sees about 1000 patient contacts over the week, and this Games saw the clinic busier than ever.
Thankfully most of the injuries are relatively minor, with lots of sprains, strains, torn calves and hammies, but there is always the risk of serious injury or illness, especially in the Alice Springs heat. It’s a bit of a shock coming from a Ballarat winter to 38°C.