KIMA PT Derek Mansfields’s unforgettable experience with the Australian Men’s Volleyball Team

Derek Mansfields was one of the touring physios for the Australian Men's Volleyball program between 2003 and 2013. In that capacity I was looking after them when they went away on tour - they had physios back at their training base that they used. This particular photo was in Argentina last year, in a leadup tournament to the World Champs in Brazil.

I got to attend two World Championships - Under-19 in Thailand in 2003, and the Under-23s in Brazil in 2013. I also went to one Senior Asian Men's Cup in Japan in 2007 and one Asian Junior (Under-21) Championship in Qatar in 2004. Other trips were preparation tours where the team was getting international match practice in the lead-up to a major competition. They included Europe, North & South America, Asia & the Middle East... I have nearly 60 internationals under my belt. Common conditions treated during this time included shoulder, back and knee injuries, typically overuse from the demanding 12 months-a-year schedule.

It was a great experience and I'm grateful to have done something that very few physios get the opportunity to do.

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KIMA PT Derek Mansfields’s unforgettable experience with the Australian Men’s Volleyball Team