AN INSPIRATION TO HIS PHYSIOS
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.”