This conversation in with Chris Juneau, a Qualified Physiotherapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) who has worked with athletes from junior to the professional level.
Chris is currently completing a Masters of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand.
You can find Chris @Chris_Juneau3 on Twitter or at ‘In Good Hands Physiotherapy’ in Browns Bay.
In this conversation, Chris and I talk specifically about managing injuries in youth baseball, including why kids are getting hurt and what needs to happen both to reduce the risks and for successful rehabilitation.
We also discuss:
- Why he moved from the US to study in New Zealand;
- Chris’s thoughts on current healthcare literacy and why a move to empowering athletes to take more responsibility is important for better outcomes;
- Using scaffolding to enhance learning with youth athletes;
- Showing empathy;
- The merging of the physiotherapy and strength & conditioning industries;
- The role of parents when their kids get hurt;
- The physics of baseball pitching and why strength matters when it comes to preventing injury;
- The problem with over-scheduling in youth sport;
- How movement diversification reduces risk; and
- Why fun must stay a big part of the injury rehabilitation process for kids.