Today's Physio+10 interview is with Mr Paul Tucker (Koala Award). Paul has dedicated the past 20 years of his professional life to the prevention and management of injuries at the West Coast Eagles. Being one of the first 'employed' Physiotherapists in the AFL, In this podcast Paul outlines the role of a Physiotherapist in an elite organisation and how it has changed over the past 2 decades, plus the three most important tips he has learnt as a Physiotherapist.
Paul completed his B App Sci (Physiotherapy) at LaTrobe University (initially starting at Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences) in Melbourne, in 1989 and then completed a Grad Dip Sports Physiotherapy at Curtin in 1994. He also completed the APA level 3 Sports Course in Canberra in 2007. Paul spent the initial few years after graduating in Darwin – working at the Royal Darwin Hospital and in private practice from 90-92. After a brief period at Royal Perth Rehab in Shenton Park in 92 Paul headed off to work near London – at Hemel Hempstead Hospital, followed by private practice in the Channel Islands, before returning to Perth in 1994.
Paul has worked with the Darwin Buffalos in the NT Football league, as well as WA state swimming and WA Athletics teams prior to working with professional organisations such as Perth Reds rugby league and Perth Glory. For the past 20 seasons Paul has been at West Coast Eagles football club, becoming senior physiotherapist in 2002. He was involved in 4 grand finals during this period, as well as being selected as the Australian team physiotherapist in one of the International Rules series against Ireland.
Paul has recently begun working at Latitude 33.7 in Vasse and will begin some work in Perth in the new year, at West Coast Health in Lathlain.AAP Education
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