The TeamNL team that traveled to Herning, Denmark, is made up of a large group and we naturally think primarily of the athletes themselves, their ethnicity and the national coaches. However, such a world championship has many aspects in which more people participate. Today we speak with Don Lammers, Physiotherapist for the Dutch delegation in Herning. He sees opportunities for his field of equestrian specialization, but also believes that regular excellent sport can learn something from its fellow equestrians.
“Human physiotherapist,” Don Lammers confirms once again on his position at the World Championships at Herning. He will not often have to pronounce this prefix in everyday life, but Brabandar has already noted that it is not the first assumption in this branch of sports. He explains how he ended up here: “My fellow KNHS physiotherapist Tessa Van Roy cannot be present due to circumstances and has asked me to fill in. She has informed me in advance about the athletes and also got to know all the riders beforehand.”
Lamers explains his set of duties: “I make sure the athletes themselves stay fit, so when there are complaints or when they notice something about themselves in the saddle, they come to me. I’m at their disposal all day, so I’m here for a few hours. How much I have to do varies. The riders do it from day to day. Some riders come to me before and after the ride for a rider specific treatment. The physicist is not yet well known in equestrian sports and it shows. I’ve got a beautiful marine enclosure, spacious placement and it works very well.”
Typical passenger complaints
Don Lamers and Tessa van Roy work for TopSupport Eindhoven, a practice focused on sports-related complaints. “At TopSupport, we focus primarily on patients who are active in sports, from the amateur level to the premium sports.” Every sport often involves specific bodily injuries and when Don is asked about the typical complaints of equestrian athletes, Don replies: “Back, neck and shoulder complaints are very common among riders. Vaulters will also start in the event. They just need more effort from their bodies and this includes Also a different pattern of complaints. In addition to the neck, shoulder and back mentioned, we also see problems in the lower extremities as they jump off a horse for example. The adductor muscle, called the equine muscle, is sometimes stiff or sensitive in equine athletes.”
The horse comes first
Before Herning, Don Lammers was not familiar with equestrian sports, but made the necessary preparations: “I read carefully beforehand about the effect of equestrian sport on the human body, because of course I exist for it. In my time here, I have learned a lot about the exact opposite: how it reacts The rider with the horse. This has given me many new ideas.” A physiotherapist sees two amazing differences in equestrian sports compared to regular sports. “Excellent sport can be healthy, but if you look at the best regular sports, you will see that the athletes go to great lengths to get the most out of themselves. Regardless. In the equestrian sport, a horse should get the most out of itself, but this should not be It is at the expense of the horse at all. It is interesting to experience the way the horses are meticulously handled, they are well taken care of. If there are any problems with the horse, this is also a top priority. Nice to see! This may also be an example of Ordinary sport.
Rider more attention
The World Championships in Hearning is his first event of this kind for the young physiotherapist. “It’s a big, beautiful, versatile and well-organised event. I think it’s great here. In terms of scale, this is my biggest event so far. For example, I once had the opportunity to attend a training camp for young athletes in the world of water polo, but it is done in a way Quite different. Like many other athletes, they used to always have physical therapy with them. That is not yet the norm in equestrian sports.” This leads him to the second big difference with the best regular sports. “How good jockeys are for their horses is somewhat in contrast to how well they take care of themselves. From my point of view, physical therapy provides a great opportunity for equestrian athletes, because the health of the jockey is also worth looking into.”