One of the more famous sports in Australia is Australian Rules Football (AFL). To people outside Australia it is considered relatively odd as they quite simply may see no sport like it, but they are in awe of what tremendous athletes those who participate in the sport at the professional elite level is. It's a fully professional men's league of Australian rules football and it has been enjoyed for over a century. It started out in the state of Victoria, but now other states have clubs in what is now considered a nationwide competition. The 18 professional clubs that compete in the AFL invest heavily in the sports sciences and also sports medicine to get the most out of the athletes in every club. The sports medicine team with each club contains a podiatrist associated to help look after the foot injury and footwear needs of the players. The role of Podiatry practitioners in the Australian Football League in Australia is recognized as a template of how podiatry practitioners ought to be involved in professional clubs around the world.
For one of the shows of the podiatry associated livestream, PodChatLive the hosts chatted with five of the podiatrists connected with Australian Rules Football teams to take a look at the world leading model for Podiatry inside an professional sports team as well as the developing role of the newly formed, AFL Podiatry Association. The Podiatrists which were on this live ended up Ben Holland from the North Melbourne Kangaroos, Emma Poynton with the Western Bulldogs, Nicki Quigley from the Hawthorn Hawks, Todd Brown with the Geelong Cats and Tom May from the Adelaide Crows. They talked about the stress of AFL and how that has effects on the players along with what the frequent injuries observed. There was a superb dialogue with regards to the footwear used and the problems that brings. There was also a chat of the preseason screening procedure that is normally used in the 44-man squads. The show was sent out live on Facebook, but is also now available on YouTube.