Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 28th 2013 Contents There is a culture in the rehabili-
tation and fitness industries in
Trinidad that exists. It is one that,
like many other things in life, takes
on an ironic state of existence. In an
industry that is supposed to seek the
health and wellness of its
clients/patients, it exists with an
undercurrent of poor professional
courtesy which is a divisive nature.
While the purpose of the industry
is to enhance quality of life of others,
to each other there is a habit that exists
of undercutting fellow professionals.
I have worked alongside many spe-
cialists from physiotherapists to mas-
sage therapists, dry needling practi-
tioners to strength trainers all trained
in the USA to Europe.
With each encounter the one thing
that is reinforced is how much knowl-
edge there will always be to learn about
the body and all the different ways to
help it heal. I realise how much more
can be accomplished towards client
outcomes with a team approach versus
a stand-alone approach.
Too many times, I have clients repeat
the statements of other qualified prac-
titioners, sometimes lesser qualified,
sometimes more qualified than I am
(on paper), claiming to have the answer
to their ailments because they recently
completed what they think to be the
latest and greatest in therapy tech-
Maybe they just got back from learn-
ing how to use the laser machine or
apply active release techniques or some
other one of the latest hypes in therapy
tools that currently exist, each carrying
with it, its own value and definite place
in injury management and/or general
Each and every time I have been
faced with this situation, I have val-
idated the mentioned modality and
technique because of my understanding
of the principles of the applications
mentioned and/or seen the positive
outcomes of these techniques because
the bottom line is not about ego but
understanding your trade well enough
to recognise what works.
Let us draw reference to the mouse-
trap parable. In this parable, a farm
mouse informs the other farm animals
of the terrible news that a mousetrap
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Led by a 26-point tally from for-
ward Ronell Winters, Sangre Grande
Knights cruised to a comfortable 68-
56 win over Valencia Hawks, when
action continued in the Eastern Sector
of the Hoop of Life Community Bas-
ketball League, on Tuesday.
Winters was supported by Marvin
Hayes who bagged 12 points, in a match
in which Sangre Grande led in all but
Grande opened with a 17-8 advan-
tage in the first half, which increased
by two points (31-20) at the half time
interval. Valencia Hawks, with a fine
effort from Dexter Thomas who shone
brightly with a match-high 37 point
tally, enjoyed its best spell of the fixture
in the third period, in which it
outscored the eventual winner 25-20.
However, the fourth period saw Sangre
Grande regain control for the 12-point
victory in the end.
Also securing wins in the sector were
La Brea All Stars (58-55 over Gonzales
Blazers), Barataria Sweaters (55-52 over
Tunapuna United) and Enterprise Ball
Magicians (55-52 over Couva Ballers).
Sangre Grande cruises
to East Sector win
The South Western Basketball
Commission will host a meeting and
distribution of packages for teams
participating in this year s senior and
junior championships, at the New Vil-
lage Community Centre, Point Fortin
today, from 6 pm.
This year there will be competition
in senior men and women s division,
as well as Under-21 and Under-17
teams. A maximum of ten teams will
be able to register in any of the four
divisions. Action will be played at the
South West Regional Indoor Arena,
Egypt Village, Point Fortin, from Sep-
To register or for further informa-
tion, contact Ronald "Knockers" De
Silva, at 786-0139, or Anthony Phillip
South West basketball calls on teams
La Brea 58 v Gonzales 55
Sangre Grande 68 v Valencia 56
Enterprise 55 v Couva 52
Barataria 55 v Tunapuna 52
has been place in the farmer s
The other animals do not think
it is their concern and offer no
support to him. Soon enough a
snake s tail is caught in the trap,
and it bites the farmer s wife in
The farmer s wife returns from
hospital with a fever which is treat-
ed with chicken soup so, there
went the farmer s chicken. Friends
and neighbours came to visit as
the farmer s wife continued to ail---
there went the pig that was
butchered to feed their guests and
at her funeral the cow was served.
The other animals paid the price
for not seeing how the environ-
ment of their colleague could have
come back to affect them. Simi-
larly, words that discredit other
colleagues in this profession can
eventually become words that dis-
credit the person who said it.
It is wise to respect the skills of
fellow therapists and practitioners
and to see each other as compli-
ments to your own. Selling one s
own strengths does not require
discreditation of another s. Not
only is it not necessary but it would
most likely be a false representation
of the reality.
While all professionals are chal-
lenged to stay current with the
latest techniques in their field,
what makes a professional truly
good at what they do, is their abil-
ity to apply the knowledge.
Their confidence to remain
humble and gracious is what
makes them more refined and
respected. I am not saying that we
all have to like each other in the
industry and to expect such a thing
is to live in false hope however,
respecting each other s strengths
and capabilities while not being
demeaning is to exercise basic pro-
Whether you are a short-course
trained personal trainer or possess
a doctorate in physiotherapy, focus
on letting your outcomes speak
for themselves. Good outcomes
and attentiveness while working
with your clients are two of your
most valuable marketing tools.
Asha De Freitas-Moseley is
a certified athletic trainer with
the National Athletic Trainers
Association of the USA cur-
rently located at Pulse Perform-
ance Ltd. She has over ten years
of experience working with
athletes and other members of
the active population, rehabil-
itating and returning them
from injury to full play. She can
be reached at 17 Henry Pierre
St, St James. Tel: 221-2437.
Importance of professionalism
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