Artifical hips take on artificial knees
Is this a world first? Next week, in Western Australia, the artificial hips will take on the artificial knees at Perth Hockey Stadium.
ARTIFICIAL HIPS v ARTIFICIAL KNEES
PERTH HOCKEY STADIUM
WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER AT 3.30PM
Western Hockey Masters is a Perth based Social Hockey Club with approximately 200 members, all over 50 years of age. Competitions are played at Perth Hockey Stadium and Perry Lakes throughout the year.
Amongst members there are thirteen players with at least one artificial hip and fourteen players with at least one knee replacement. On Wednesday, 14 December 2016, at 3.30pm at Perth Hockey Stadium, a match will played between a team of players with hip replacements versus a team with knee replacements.
Hip replacements need nine months of rehabilitation including walking, swimming, gym and physiotherapy a daily basis. Similarly knee replacements require dedicated exercises, and specific physiotherapy in order to become mobile, and strengthen the leg muscles around the knee. A number of players with joint replacements are also Masters State Representatives, and one player is in the Australian Masters Team.
As an Australian and probably World first, this Hockey Match shows what is possible with modern medicine and celebrates the orthopaedic technology that is available.