Physio speaks: In conversation with Oliwia Witek - A Polish physio with Pro Kabaddi League

Pro Kabaddi League has taken our truly indigenous sport of Kabaddi to higher echelon of professionalism. Kabaddi and aggression go hand in hand, making the players susceptible to injuries in any part the body given the physical nature of this sport. Being a game of speed, strength, stamina and agility, the team needs a competent physiotherapist to ensure the health and fitness of the players remain top notch, and of course prevent and fix injuries, so the players could perform optimally. What comes as a surprise though is in a league that comprises muscular men playing an intense contact sport; you come across a young Polish woman, Oliwia Witek, as chief physiotherapist of Gujarat Fortune Giants. Amidst the menacing looking men that mostly make up the ProKabaddi League ranks, Olivia Witek brings a distinctly feminine touch to a predominantly male preserve.

Hailing from a family of medical practitioners in Warsaw, Poland, pursuing a career in physiotherapy and injury management in sports came naturally to Oliwia. Back in school, she was in the volleyball and softball teams. So, she was very well connected with sport. When pursuing studies in the United States, she plunged headlong into physically demanding sports such as American football, volleyball and motocross. So she was no stranger to aggressive sports or its players. Her eyes were opened to the vital roles played by support staff such as coaches and physios, making her choose the latter for her own career.

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