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Unfortunately people are filling both shoes: Leipus

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2003, 18:23 [IST]
 
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Unfortunately people are filling both shoes: Leipus

Although hesitant to begin with, Leipus agreed to do way with a few minutes of his precious time - from his otherwise hectic schedule - and gave us an insight into his life.

Here are a few excerpts:

You are now a high-profile physiotherapist, could you let us know what made you take up physiotherapy?

Back at school I was always good at Biology and that sort of thing came naturally to me. And then I took up sports science and got myself a sports science degree.

When I finished that, the degree was only three years old at that time in Australia and there wasn't really a market for a graduate at that stage. So I went on to do physiotherapy as well so that it could be a nice combination of degrees.

Do you restrict yourself only to cricket or do you lend your expertise to other sports as well?

Ideally, that is the scene now because obviously that is my job but before that, no it never was that way. I worked in a big sport medical clinic and was exposed to most of the injuries that occur to a sports person.

So tennis players and other sports player too could benefit from your expertise?

I would like it to be so. Yes, at some stage or the other I suppose I will handle them.

There seems to be some kind of a confusion, how different is the role of a physiotherapist to that of a trainer?

Yeah, there is some sort of a confusion. Unfortunately, over here we are in a situation where there is a big overlap and people are filling both shoes. Ideally, a physio is charged with dealing with player's injuries, injury prevention and rehabilitation and injury management.

A trainer on the other hand is generally responsible for the fitness of the players, end-stage rehabilitation - that is just before their return to sport, fitness testing, writing out training programs, visiting the gym...etc, etc.

What are the different kinds of injuries that occur to a player?

There are injuries that occur when you get hit by a ball or when you fall and get a cut/bruise. There are other injuries that occur which are stress related injuries due to overload, repetitively bowling. Some injure while throwing and there are other small niggles. The nature of some of these injuries are acute.

What is the immediate treatment for these injuries?

If there is a cut then compression is done to stop the bleeding. There will be internal bleeding though. So a lot of ice should be packed around the injured area for about 2-3 days or even a week or two.

It is basically, compression and ice.

What is the treatment given for a cramp?

Cramp is different from a pull and it is something that occurs for no reason at all. The ideal treatment for a cramp is to do stretching exercises for the affected area.

Does the diet have any relevance when one is under treatment for injury?

Yes it does, depending on the type of injury.

Taking a peak into your personal front, what kind of food do you prefer?

I like Thai food. I also like South Indian food.

How do like to spend your time if you are not involved in work?

When I get a break I like to spend time with my family. I also like to work out in the gym. I like to be alone out there though (a few laughs). I even like to unwind by listening to some nice music.

You tour a lot and have been across the globe. Which are the places you have taken a liking for?

I don't think I can pick one such place. Most places are nice, each is special in its own way.

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