Taking over the joint
A HOCKEY game featuring players who have undergone joint replacement surgery has smashed stereotypes.
Two teams, one featuring knee replacement players and another consisting of hip replacement players, battled for the annual Bionic Cup trophy at Perth Hockey Stadium.
Western Hockey Masters secretary and event organiser Bob Bowyer said the event began as a way to prove people with knee and hip replacements could still be active post-operation.
“A lot of our members were going to orthopaedic surgeons and were virtually being told the same thing by the surgeon,” he said.
“It was widely believed if you got a new knee or hip that was the end of it physically for the rest of your life and that was extremely disappointing and frustrating, so we wanted to give people that reason to not give up.”
Now in its third year, Bowyer said the event gave people hope they could remain active, even in their latter years.
“If people are aware and put the effort into it, you can keep doing virtually everything you’re doing now,” he said.
“When I first had my operation I was a bit nervous about being able to do anything afterwards and I was absolutely thrilled I was able to get back on the field and run around like a 19-year-old again.
“It was well above the expectations I’d been given; we want to do the same for other people.”
A tentative interstate match between WA and an eastern states side has been planned for next year.
“I’ve got a member in the knees team who is on the committee for the national masters and he’s helping me get an interstate bionic cup next year, so after that, why not the world?” Bowyer said.
Hips V Knees hockey players line up at the Bionic Cup.