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Mene and Jones to show what kept them at the top

Mene and Jones to show what kept them at the top

Former Silver Ferns captain Bernice Mene and All Black legend Michael Jones reached the top of their codes with the help of strain and sprain management techniques that ensured they made the quickest possible recovery.

Far from trivial, these “soft tissue” injuries account for about 66 percent of the moderate to serious sports injuries reported to ACC – injuries which in total cost around $90 million a year.

These top athletes are to spearhead the launch of the ACC Sideline Management of Sprains and Strains sports injury prevention initiative on Friday, February 7. The programme aims to bring correct management training and free resources to 5000 coaches and sports managers.

Michael Jones, otherwise known as The Iceman, earned the name for his cool demeanour on the field, but more importantly for the copious quantities of ice he piled onto strains and sprains after matches. Bernice Mene was well-known for the compression bandages she used to control swelling in her knee.

The duo will be demonstrating strains and sprains management techniques with the Samoa sevens side at a photo opportunity at the St Patrick’s College side of Kilbirnie Park, 9.30—10am, Friday, 7 February.

From 10.30 to 11am they will be at the NZ Rugby Football Union headquarters at 1 Hinemoa Street, Centreport, Wellington for the media briefing for the Sevens accreditation.

They, and ACC chief executive Garry Wilson, will be available to talk informally with media about the initiative and injury management techniques.

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