The threat of injury to young athletes always used to be left to chance, but in recent years, club administrators and coaches are preempting that by forming partnerships with physiotherapists.
The coaches at Trinity Track Performance club are fully aware of the damage niggling injuries can do to careers.
With that in mind, Trinity have formed a partnership with Cayman Rehab Services to ensure their athletes get the best possible care.
Trinity was established to give 10- to 19-year-olds the opportunities to reach their potential in track and field. Besides winning medals, health promotion and increasing the quality of life for team members and their families are some of its key aims.
Osbert Francis, Trinity vice president, said, “It’s great to have this partnership with Cayman Rehab Services who do great work in keeping the kids and athletes on the track.
“We thank the team at Cayman Rehab Services – Shanelle Staple, Stephen Corridan, Marla Henry and Mara Blanquicett – for their efforts.”
Sprinter Tyrell Cuffy, sprint hurdler Ronald Forbes and even NFL quarterback Michael Vick have used Cayman Rehab’s services in the past. Vick was here for the Quarterback Challenge in 2007.
Trinity athletes such as Tori-Ann Gomez, Louis Gordon, Gerome Bodden and Isaiah Whittaker get the chance of treatment from the Cayman Rehab team.
Corridan, a physio at Cayman Rehab, has a long sporting background. He said, “My colleagues and I have been working with Trinity for a while now. I really enjoy coming down to the track to provide coverage for the team. I’ve got to know the kids and work with the coaches.
“It’s wonderful to be a part of the rehabilitation process when they are injured and it’s even better to see them recover to get their times back to their best.”
Corridan will have one of his busiest days ever on Dec. 5. He is running the Cayman half-marathon and, once finished, will be attending to runners’ sore limbs and blistered feet as a physio.
Corridan’s run is to raise funds for the Special Needs Foundation Cayman. “It’s a great cause,” he said.
The 33-year-old Irishman’s extensive sporting history started in his home town of Limerick where he was a Gaelic football coach and physiotherapist for the Plymouth Parnells. He has also coached football in Ghana, South Africa, England, Ireland and Switzerland. He plays Gaelic football in Cayman and, besides regularly running, he also cycles.
Corridan feels the Cayman sporting scene is a great breeding ground for athletes specializing in track, particularly in sprint events.
“The facilities, coupled with the weather make for a higher caliber of athlete to be produced,” he said.
“I am working with coaches who have been to the Olympics and with athletes who want to attain the highest level. Even the Gaelic football team here is of a higher caliber than the three clubs that I played with in Hull, Brighton and Plymouth.
“Some of those places had a bigger catchment area so this shows you the difference.”
Cayman Rehab owner Dr. Carmen Martinez is an avid runner too and is a regular entrant in road races.
A new venture at Cayman Rehab is the Friday afternoon Kinesio taping clinic. It assists athletes with Kinesio taping over their injured limbs for their sporting events over the weekend.
Corridan also fitness tests and provides advice regarding injury rehabilitation and prevention.