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He may be young, but our February Body Leader of the Month, Tim Weigh, knows how important it is to be proactive with your body. Suffering from a back injury that had Tim sitting on the sidelines, he has learnt about the long rehab process and is determined to do everything he can to prevent being back in that position. After recently returning from his injury, we were very proud to see Tim make the Under 18 Queensland Basketball side, a great achievement. Body Leadership Australia's Principal Physiotherapist, Paul Trevethan, recently caught up with Tim to discuss what makes him a body leader.

Q1. What inspired you to initially start looking after your body?

I originally had quite a bad run of injuries through playing basketball on a regular basis. But when I started to have increasing trouble with my back I thought it was imperative for me to start looking after my body in every way that I could.

Q2. What do you currently do to look after your body?

As I have quite a large training load at the moment, constant stretching is a must. I try to listen to my body as much as I can so I don't run the risk of letting a small injury or niggle turn into a big one. And, under the instruction of Paul, I have the occasional ice bath too. They are definitely not one of my favourite things in the world, but they really do help.

Q3. What motivates you to continue being proactive with your body?

The thought of being out for ANOTHER lengthy period of time, where I am not allowed to play sport now scares me. I try to look after my body as much as I can so it doesn't get to that stage. I find that by keeping my body at a healthy level means I have less to worry about which makes training and playing much more enjoyable.  

The rehab process is a long and hard road. It takes a lot of time to get yourself back to a healthy point. I believe that if I put in the time and look after my body while its healthy, then the less likely I am to get injured and spend time trying to get back to my fitness level. 

Q4. What is your favourite form of exercise?

My favourite form of exercise would have to be basketball-specific. Anything from basketball training, going for runs or gym work I enjoy because I know it is all beneficial. Any exercise that I know will help me in the game I find is a really fun way to train.

Q5. What is your top health tip?

I'd say that listening to your body is the best thing to do. Knowing how your body reacts to certain exercises and different things is really helpful. I have found that my body is put under a lot of stress and pressure throughout the course of a year and when it is I can definitely feel it. So to help the situation, I listen to my body and don't do anything to make the situation worse.

Q6. How do you know when your body is asking for help?

When you know something is hurting within your body you will just know. Everyone is smart enough to realise when something is wrong and when they should stop. Unfortunately, I made the massive mistake of not stopping when my back started hurting and it eventually turned into a bad injury. The best thing to do is listen and take precautions when you need to.

Q7. What strategies do you find work best for you?

I always like to be organised with school and my life outside of school. I find that if I am not organised then I get frustrated. If I become frustrated then who knows what could happen!

Q8. What is your greatest physical achievement?

I just made the Under 18 Queensland team for basketball which I was very happy with. I was unable to be at 7 of the 8 team selection trainings due to my back injury. But I was fortunate enough to compete in the last training and received word that I was selected in the team afterwards. I felt that this was a great personal achievement and really put emphasis on how important taking those extra steps to look after my body was.

Q9. What is your goal for the future of your body?

My main goal for the future is to not have another major injury! I also want to reduce the amount of small niggles I get by looking after my body more carefully. I now know that looking after my body daily consumes less of my time and energy then if I have a major injury.

Q10. What is your definition of a Body Leader?

A body leader is a person who, regardless of the situation knows what is best for their body. No one else has a greater knowledge of your own body then you do. You are in charge of what you do, when you continue on and at what point you stop. A body leader is someone that puts their body first and knows exactly what is best in any situation.

We'd like to thank Tim for his time and providing us with an insight into what he does as a body leader. Keep a look out for next month's Body Leader - it could be you!