Being Inspired...


I have been home for about two months now and I am pleased to say that my rehabilitation is going really well. I have had a few injections into my injured sacroiliac joint under the skilful hand of my Sports Physician Dr. Jeni Saunders. I have been conducting rehabilitation since I arrived home with my physio Ash. I have been working on re-activating and re-educating my muscles around my entire

pelvis. I had been using the wrong muscles to perform even simple acts like walking or sitting down because of my injury, so have been doing lots of small exercises. I have now progressed quite well, and I am very excited to be back in the gym! I am not power-lifting just yet, but adding resistance training to my program to challenge the new (correct) muscle patterns.

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Its funny how quickly you can lose muscle. But what is truly amazing, is that if you work hard, things kick back into gear quite quickly. I am looking forward to being back to full strength, and at times feel impatient- But I am taking my time to make sure that I am training with good form. If i take my time now, the gains later will be substantial.

I have been busy working with the Sydney based NSW Alpine, Snowboard and Interschools Snowsports athletes. We have a growing community here and the athletes are responding well to structured training. NSW Alpine conducted a

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Screening, Strength and Conditioning Camp in April under the guidance of ski-specific strength training expert Manfred Wolscher. I coached alongside Manuela Berchtold (2 time Australian Olympian in Moguls and owner of High Country Fitness) and Jason Quelch (former NSW number ONE Decathlete). It was an inspiring weekend and I was blown away by some of the talent that is coming through the ski pool!

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I attended Australia's Biggest Blood Pressure check last week at Chennel Seven in Sydney with fellow National Stroke Foundation ambassdors Chris Bath and Luke Webb. It was a great day and was amazing to see so many members of the public learning that sometimes, all it takes is a blood pressure check to see if you are at risk of having a stroke.

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For now, I will continue my rehabilitation and progression into training whilst watching the snow fall via webcam and hope to be back on snow at Perisher in late July.

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Until then,

Happy Snow dancing!

<3 Sami


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