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'He wanted to play with his kids'

For a moment, Martin felt free. The freedom that comes with feeling weightless and flying through the air. It was a simple pleasure. The trampoline that was bought for the kids brought joy to Martin. On his next landing Martin mistimed it slightly and landed awkwardly. He felt some discomfort. It passed quickly and he continued to jump.

Over the next couple of days Martin noticed that his back was tight and he experienced pain on occasions. Martin was worried. He could not afford to have a bad back. He was a GP with patients to look after. He wanted to play with his kids. He became more conscious of discomfort and was careful of the activities he did. 

Martin was referred to a sport and exercise psychologist by his physiotherapist. He explored his fears associated with pain and discomfort and further injury that might limit his desired lifestyle. Martin learnt that he could still be active with tightness in his back. He had exercises to help his back from the physiotherapist so he worked with the psychologist on sticking with the program and making it routine. Martin re-built confidence in the capability of his body.  

As he started to trust his body more, Martin was interested in what else he could do. He explored with the sport and exercise psychologist ways for him to be active. These included time on the trampoline and backyard footy with the kids. Martin decided to give swimming a go. He enjoyed the feeling of being in the water and had access to a pool close to work.

The work with the sport and exercise psychologist had changed Martin’s relationship with his body. He had a better understanding of pain, discomfort, and exercise. These changes allowed Martin to continue to be active and to live the life that he wanted. 

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