The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - JEREMY PIERCE

THE Gold Coast physios who helped Alex McKin­non to stand again say he’s one of the most in­spi­ra­tional fig­ures they have ever met.

The for­mer New­cas­tle rugby league star has trav­elled to the Gold Coast to see spe­cial­ists at Mak­ing Strides sev­eral times a year since the freak in­jury which fin­ished his ca­reer in 2014.

He has spent hun­dreds of hours work­ing with physios, fo­cus­ing largely on up­per body strength, core strength­en­ing and painstak­ing con­di­tion­ing work on his lower body.

Within two months he could stand with as­sis­tance and ex­tend his knees. He still trav­els to the Coast reg­u­larly, do­ing re­lent­less rep­e­ti­tions of as­sisted body­weight dips, shoul­der presses, bi­cep curls, rows, planks and as­sisted sit-ups.

He has formed close bonds with the Burleigh-based busi­ness – four staffers flew down to the Hunter for his wed­ding, in­clud­ing his lead physio, Jack Jans­son, who said McKin­non had shown in­cred­i­ble de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“Alex has worked ex­tremely hard dur­ing his vis­its, push­ing him­self dur­ing his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ses­sions to be the best he can be,” he said.

“He is very hum­ble and a quiet achiever, he is his own harsh­est critic, and he is one of the most de­ter­mined peo­ple any of our team have known.

“As his ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gists and friends we couldn’t have been more happy for him.

“We are humbled to work with Alex and be part of his spe­cial day.”

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