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September 13, 2012
UNBEKNOWN to many mem-
bers the role of Physical
Training Instructors (PTI)
is not only making personnel
sweat, they also assist with rehabilita-
PTI CPL Matt Loadsman said as
long as a member had the all clear from
medical person nel to start exercise they
could self refer. However, many mem-
bers were referred to them by physi-
otherapists and medical specialists.
"Ailments range from lower limb inju-
ries right through to back injuries and
shoulder rehab," CPL Loadsman said.
"We str ucture our gymnasiums
around having all the components to be
able to rehab any part of the body."
PTIs will assess members who come
to them for rehabilitation support.
"We sit down with them and in con-
junction with their medical specialist's
advice we for mulate a rehab program,"
One such member is LACW Sam
Millen, who is recovering from major
Two years ago she was diagnosed
with a life-threatening heart condition
and after several unsuccessful opera-
tions a complete body scan was under-
The scan revealed she had a brain
tu mour. After it was removed, LACW
Millen was left with limited mobility
"I had to start again, walking, talk-
ing and even my eyesight suffered after
the operation," LACW Millen said.
"I had to learn to read and write
Once LACW Millen's capabilities
were assessed, CPL Loadsman was able
to prepare a training routine to assist her.
LAC Bill Solomou discovers that a PTI's role is
not just about keeping people fit.
''-- LACW Sam Millen
I had to start
talking and even
"The main technique or mantra
I have applied to Sam, as she had to
relear n a lot of her functional movement
patter ns, has been repetition," CPL
"When we first started she couldn't
catch a ball, now she can."
CPL Loadsman said as LACW
Millen started to improve he modified
the routine to include more complex
movements with an increase in volume
He said LACW Millen's dogged atti-
tude and determination had seen her
"Our next phase is water," he said.
"Because of the density of the water
the resistance against the body is much
higher so in Sam's case it will be very
LACW Millen acknowledges that
without the support of CPL Loadsman,
her recovery would not be at the stage
it is now.
"I definitely believe that the physical
training is making a difference," she said.
"I didn't want to be broken, my
desire to strive has been very positive."
FIGHTING FIT: LACW Sam Millen
had a special rehabilitation program
developed by PTI CPL Matt
Loadsman after brain surgery left
her with limited mobility and vision.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
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