Being a woman in sport…the sexism Thing and more+

While I’m happy to see the progress and changes happening within sport for women for example…

*Finland- women’s and men’s football teams being paid equally, 

*Tennis- both men and women receiving equal prize money at 2017 US Open,

 *Rio 2016 Olympics- approximately 45% women participating *highest percentage to date*

…women in all aspects of sport still face many other issues uncommon to men…

In an example more recently, apparently women aren’t expected to be knowledgeable on sports as we saw NFL player Cam Newton laugh to a female reporter saying “it’s funny to hear a female talk about routes”. What was so funny about that? Why is it funny that a female reporter doing her job isn’t well versed about the game she’s covering? Why? Because she’s female… for me..if persons asking for a massage after hearing you are a Physio isn’t bad enough… hearing ” o you’re the physio working today? Then you must have a good understanding of anatomy..and you know some people have larger body parts than others..” -_- orr “feeling much better after seeing you” or “don’t blush baby” alll comments that wouldn’t be dared uttered to males in the same job. 

Why is it necessary to comment on a females’ looks or attire instead of focusing on the job at hand or the way in which the job is being carried out. Females in sport are still objectified on and off the field be it athletes, journalists, physiotherapists, administrators, coaches…

Women in sport face many issues daily just because of their gender but two of the most annoying I’ve experienced are sexual harassment and sexism. 

Whether it be behind the desk in sports administration, on the field or in the dressing room women working in sport battle with these issues daily. Some appear to have better coping mechanisms than others but some fall victim…in worst cases imposed by coaches themselves. 

Many females in sport sadly experience sexual abuse or harassment in one way or another. 

On another note, women train hard just like men do however still don’t seem to get the same respect men do playing the same sport. 

Times are changing indeed however, women’s sports are still thought to be less entertaining, less skillful, and less physical and still receive less prime time coverage to name a few. 

We are making progress but there’s still more room for more women to be involved in all aspects of sport and to be seen as leaders and experts regardless of gender. 

There’s no time like the present and we need to continue to engage and encourage young girls and women to pursue their dreams in all arenas of sport.

Biggest travel lesson..How to stay sane?… Don’t sweat the small stuff 

Last post focused on some negatives..this one I’ll touch on some of the good lessons travelling and sport has taught me. I’m naturally “that extra” person who’s a little more hyper than usual, worries about the little and big things and super picky that things are in place and organized. (Lil Miss Perfect) Well… forget that when traveling, things almost never go to plan and fussing NEVER helps the situation. My 1st and biggest life lesson I learnt from traveling was- Don’t sweat it, stay calm and let things be. Staying in control of the few things you actually have control of and leaving the rest becomes so so important (otherwise I’d prolly be mad by now). But truthfully, things always work out eventually. 

Next up travelling and sport affords many the opportunity to meet new people experience different cultures and keeps you open to the many different ways in which people may use to achieve the same task or even more surprisingly how similar things could be. 

There are a few things that can bring people of all walks of life food.. but sport…sport has the power to change the world like no other -Nelson Mandela 

I’ve seen how sport can teach young and old valuable life lessons, build character, awaken souls to transform individuals into passionate beings, teach respect for self, things and others and take people places they only once dreamed of. The list could go on and on…sport isn’t always about winning or losing has a way of developing minds and creating resilient, courageous people who are confident and sure of themselves. 

Engaging in sport can teach many lessons of life that can’t be taught in any other way…

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where there once was only despair.” 

– Nelson Mandela 

Travelling Physio… Glamour proof

I’ve never written a blog before but it’s been on my mind recently that maybe I should try it.
I felt like I wanted and needed to share a bit of my experience as a travelling Physio.
Most times people see travelling as glamorous and exciting and people always say “oh I’d love to have your job” or “you’re so lucky” but they don’t quite see the not so glamorous side of travelling for sport.
Travelling with sports teams is more demanding than meets the eye. It involves early days, late nights, long flights, sucky plane food and commuting to and from sports venues, travel woes of customs departments, overlays and sometimes lost baggage. Oh and how could I forget..bad hair days andd goodbye to weekend freedom 😖Feeling tired and worn out is common since most days include marching up and down behind athletes in hot or cold conditions.
Most importantly however is the fact that while yes, sport does allow you to travel the world, most time is spent at either the hotel or sporting venue. The odd off day is usually spent resting or with a couple rushed hours of sightseeing.. definitely not what persons would expect when learning of travel to uncommon places.
I’ll also take this time to discuss the members of the support team who an athlete or team usually travel with. Player(s), coach(es), manager, physio, trainer, and with larger teams, massage therapist, doctor, video analyst, psychologist.
Usually with smaller teams the team will comprise of players, coaches, a manager and frequently considered “Jack of all trades” …Physio. Now while each team member has a valuable and specific role to play in ensuring the athlete(s) perform at their best, it almost alwaysss seems like the physio’s work is around the clock aka 24/7 aka nuh rest. From early morning taping and strapping prep to throughout game/match coverage to post match recovery and sometimes even throwing in a bit of one on one. Lending a listening ear to an athlete who needs to vent or just someone to talk to.
The Physio’s work never seems to end and definitely takes one with a good spirit and upbeat personality. Nevertheless I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for the world. Physical therapy is one hell of job but a heck more fulfilling.

Ps. Below photo was taken in less than 2mins hoping out of a taxi on-route to the airport.