Breaking News – Saying ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Hello’

At the end of January 2015, MP Sports Physicians will regretfully be saying goodbye to our current registrars, Dr Brendon Aubrey and Dr Matthew Chamberlain. We thank them for their efforts over the last 2 years and we will miss them as they progress to the next compulsory stages of their ACSP training. Hopefully they learned something along the way, but at the very least, had the opportunity to realise what a great and supportive medical community we have here on the Peninsula!

Farewell Matt and Brendon and our very best wishes for all your future endeavours.

We are, however, fortunate to be commencing 2 new registrars with our team, bringing with them a whole new set of strengths and a fresh outlook.

Welcome to Dr James (Jimmy) McLaren is New Zealand born, but happy to call himself an Aussie. He comes from an A&E background, is into extremeish sports and already has good sports experience, having looked after the Casey Scorpions VFL team for a few years. He will continue to work at Casey during his 2 year tenure with us.

Welcome also to Dr Sachin Khullar is Indian trained with extensive sports medicine and surgical experience. He is looking to call the Peninsula home for quite some time and will be helping out with the Frankston Dolphins this year.

Of course, here as always will be Dr Leesa Huguenin and Dr Greg Harris, as well as our continuing registrar, Dr Eloise Matthews. Together, we welcome both Jimmy and Sachin to MP Sports Physicians and look forward to our nxt few years together.


Cycling in Comfort

CYCLING IN COMFORT: It’s not just the lycra that needs to fit properly!

Cycling is no longer the “new golf” – the growth of cycling has been steady and consistent for many years now. Bike sales have exceeded car sales annually for over 15 years, and over half of all Australian households own one or more bicycles, making cycling the fourth most popular physical activity after walking, aerobics and swimming. All levels of government have recognised the benefits of cycling to the community in terms of amenity, traffic management, health and economics.
The Mornington Peninsula is one of Australia’s cycling ‘hot-spots’, with riders of all shapes, sizes and abilities enjoying the roads and trails either for training, commuting or just for fun. With this increase in activity there is of course an increase in the prevalence of cycling-associated injuries or pain.

Sore backs, knees, hips, shoulders and necks can frustrate riders at all levels, but most cycling aches and pains can be improved by ensuring that the bike and rider work together. It is rare for a bike to ‘fit’ the rider straight off the shop floor, and while most bike shops will offer a basic setup, it can sometimes take a more thorough assessment to get things right. As with any sport, it is often only possible to manage an injury by assessing technique and biomechanics, which is where a specialist musculoskeletal examination is needed.

At MP Sports Physicians we can now offer a thorough riding assessment, starting with the rider and then moving on to look at the bike. With the individual rider’s issues in mind we can then work on the combination of how the two should best fit together. 

For more information please see our website, or call the Mornington or Frankston office. Patients can book an appointment for a Riding Assessment through either clinic.


Exercise is medicine!

In a study released on 1/10/13 in the British Medical Journal online, a meta analysis has found that in order to reduce the risk of death in people who have already had heart attacks, exercise is as good as many of the commonly used drugs, including ACE inhibitors and statins.

Exercise is also as effective as medication in the prevention of progression of pre diabetes to diabetes.

The really good news is that exercise is SUPERIOR to medication (including antiplatelet agents) in preventing death in patients who have had a stroke.

SO, don’t wait – get out there and start moving!

And if you are not sure where to start, you might like to consider one of our lifestyle programs – www.mplifestyle.com.au


Bone density problems

High impact activity increases the stimulus on your bones to increase their density.
The effects of this are most remarkable in adolescence, as our bodies are rapidly growing, but they occur throughout the lifespan.
Non weight bearing exercise does not cause the same improvements. It is important to include some level of cross training in your regime to avoid injury, but also remember that, even if swimming is your sport, the effects on your bones of getting out for a good walk a few times a week cannot be underestimated.


Stress and Strokes

A 2007 study published in Stroke journal has found a strong association between people’s inability to cope with stress and risk of stroke.
Coping and adapting quickly and well to life events is associated with a much lower risk of stroke.
Exercise is the perfect method for reducing stress, giving yourself some time out and has the added benefits of helping maintain strong healthy muscles to support your joints, improving your balance and maintaining a healthy body weight.
It is win-win, really.


Are YOU doing enough?

Research released today by the Baker IDI, following patients for 12 years has revealed that people are significantly OVER estimating their levels of physical activity and UNDER estimating the amount of time they spend sitting.

That means that you may be doing less than you think.

This is BAD NEWS. Less active time and more sedentary time were clearly correlated with increased risk of obesity, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, all of which increase your risk of heart disease.

Those who developed obesity and glucose tolerance issues were 3 TIMES more likely to die in the 12 year study period.

AND being young is no immunity. The highest risk period for weight gain and waist measurement increases was 24- 35 years of age. Combined with the other statistics, these young people are setting themselves up for short, unhealthy futures.

TIME FOR AN OVERHAUL? MP Lifestyle offers tailored, medically supervised diet and exercise solutions to make it easier to develop and keep the lifestyle that will keep you.


Call for one of our no obligation free assessments


Simple changes can add 14 years!

Did you know that drinking moderately (1-4 per week), exercising moderately (30 mins/ day), eating fruit and veges (5 serves/ day) and maintaining a healthy body weight ( BMI 20- 25), is all it takes to add 14 quality years to your life?

According to a UK study of 20000 people over 11 years, this is the truth. So, don’t let your injuries hold you back.

Seek help sooner and let your health team get you up and going quickly to make the most of all of your days!


MP Lifestyle is off and running

With the help of Jodie Read and Michelle King, our Nutritionist and Exercise Physiologist, MP Lifestyle has commenced offering programs for weightloss, heart health, diabetes managment, arthritis and lifestyle improvement.
If you would like to know more, contact the clinic for a FREE no obligation assessment and a detailed information pack.


Frankston Dolphins off to a great start

The Frankston Dolphins are off to a great start to the 2013 season.
Dr Brendon Aubrey has taken over the role of team physician from Dr Stuart Armstrong this season, so come on down to Frankston Oval and support your local team! Next home game is Sunday 19th May vs Williamstown, 2pm start.
“See You There”


Iron and Fatigue

Iron stores are often implicated in fatigue in the general population, although there is very little data to back this up.
In the endurance athlete, even very small reductions in iron storage can lead to performance deficits.
These reductions are often considered by the testing laboratories to be within the normal range for the general population and therefore may go untreated.

Athletic fatigue, though is often multifactorial and all these factors need to be teased out in order to achieve maximal improvements.
How to beat fatigue
Click here to read an article with tips to help fight fatigue, written by our sports dietitian and nutritionist Jodie Read.