THE WAFL website will be publishing columns from players throughout the 2013 season taking a look at what it takes on and off the field to be a successful WAFL player and also build a life outside the game. This week it's former East Perth and current Perth defender Nick Kane.
For many young footballers between the ages of 16 and 22 their life revolves around the game. So much of their time and effort goes into football yet unfortunately one important aspect is often forgotten - injury prevention and management.
This age group is at the ideal time in their development to start working on some injury prevention strategies. Lack of early identification and education in regards to body awareness and functional control in these development years can lead to serious long-term injuries during the prime of ones career.