Jacob takes the Basketball Junior National Championships

Jacob Monk

July 19, 2022

Jacob, one of our senior physiotherapists, has just completed 2 weeks away working for Basketball Victoria.

Jacob was the physiotherapist for the under 16 boys Victorian Country basketball team at the National Junior Championships in Perth. This is the first time in 3 years that the tournament was able to run fully due to the recent challenges presented with interstate travel. The tournament is not only a showcase for the country’s best up and coming basketballers to put themselves on college scout’s radars, but also to impress those who will be deciding who represents the national teams in the coming years ie. Crocs, Sapphires, Opals and Boomers.

Perth proved itself an incredible host city, as it was mostly sunny with gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, only the odd few days of rain and perfect shorts weather for the majority of the time. This helped the regular 6am starts and 9pm finishes that involved at least one training and 1 game every day, with the occasional second training and daily active recovery sessions added in for good measure. The majority of the challenges the team faced was just backing up every single day to compete, with sore bodies everywhere and only a short amount of time to recover in between, it was a real war of attrition.

The 10 athletes selected for Vic Country had 12 weeks of 6-hour, weekly trainings to come together and prepare for 11 days of competition. Brother to Dyson Daniels, the recently selected Australian at pick 8 in the NBA draft, Dash Daniels was part of the Vic Country team and a stand out performer throughout the entire tournament. In the end it was the Victorian Metro team that proved too good for everyone, eventually taking the gold medal and outclassing teams with big deficits and consistent effort in every game except one.

Jacob is now back treating from both our Torquay and North Geelong clinics.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jacob has returned from living in Tokyo for the past 3 years to complete his Masters of Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy study. Jacob utilizes strength and conditioning exercises as the cornerstone of injury recovery and has a lot of experience in managing groin pain, conducting running assessments and assessing acute knee, ankle and soft tissue injuries.