To help you get to know us, we’re turning the spotlight on the Collins Place Physio team. First up, Irishman and sports enthusiast, Conor Brennan. Conor joined the team in August 2013, following a five-year stint in NZ, and is our go-to guy for acute sporting injuries.
Why did you choose to study physio?
I always had a huge interest in sports and played everything and anything growing up. After having a few injuries myself and spending time on different physios’ tables, I was intrigued to learn more about how the body works.
What part of the job in particular makes you tick?
Sports has always been an area of keen interest for me, so I love all that side of it. Also, I have had a lot of shoulder problems myself and had a reconstruction in 2012, so this is an area I know lots about and enjoy treating. Above all else, I love variety and enjoy treating all types of injuries from the young, fit and sporty, to the weekend warriors or older more sedentary individuals.
What is the one piece of advice you wish patients would listen to?
LOL. Do your exercises. Most patients will get to the pain-free stage and then stop the rehabilitation program. You need to strengthen the area to help correct the underlying imbalance/mobility issue, otherwise the symptoms will slowly come back or you are in danger of doing more damage.
What do you do for kicks?
In my spare time I play a lot of sport. I have just started back playing Hurling (it’s a traditional Irish game, played with wooden sticks and a ball. It’s a mixture of Hockey and Lacrosse and it’s the best sport in the world!) I also play touch rugby and AFL 9’s during the week, and try to get to the gym regularly. I also love snowboarding, rugby, soccer and golf, this list goes on…
At the weekends, you’ll find me catching up with friends, socialising with a few cold beers, exploring Melbourne… there are so many greats bars and restaurants to try. I love live music and music festivals and regularly go to different gigs around the city. I love travelling and need to see more of Victoria. I try and go camping regularly and get out of the city to clear the head.
Speaking of travel, you recently returned from South America. How was that?
It was amazing! I was in Brazil and Argentina seven years ago and loved it. In October a good friend of mine was getting married in Brazil so that was a no-brainer. I had two weeks in Brazil – one week in Rio and then a week in Florianopolis for the wedding. Florianopolis is where all the Brazilians go for holidays and to party and it is just simply paradise.
After Brazil, I went to Colombia for two weeks. I went to Bogota, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Medillin and I also spent two days in the mountains two hours outside Medellin.
What was the weirdest thing you saw on your travels?
Probably some of the street food in Colombia. I had fried ants which were surprisingly not too bad, but I didn’t try the Cuy (guinea-pig), even though all the locals recommended it.
Book your next appointment with Conor here.