Surgical Goals - consults with a Sports Surgeon

Netball superstar Claire Maxwell on netball's rise, ankle injury & juggling sport and motherhood

June 10, 2022 Claire Maxwell - top netball player Season 1 Episode 12
Surgical Goals - consults with a Sports Surgeon
Netball superstar Claire Maxwell on netball's rise, ankle injury & juggling sport and motherhood
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Claire Maxwell, still better known in netball circles by her maiden name Brownie, is one of the finest netball players Scotland has ever produced. Gaining over 90 caps she has been a vital part of making the national squad competitive on a world stage. In this brilliant episode, she chats about what it really takes to become an elite athlete while holding down a  day job, overcoming a serious injury, and the reality of returning to top-level after becoming a Mum.

Claire grew up in an ultra-sporty family playing netball alongside her own Mum and sister but she still recalls the exact moment the seeds of her future sporting career were sown and how she set out to achieve them. Of course it didn't happen overnight and listening you get a real sense of the drive and energy required to make it at this level.

Her sights were set on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 when an old ankle injury reared its head. Ignoring it for as long as she could Claire eventually realised she needed to fix it and saw Prof Mackay back in 2013 when his new InternalBracing technique was in its infancy. Claire chose the surgery as it offered her the only realistic chance of rehabbing in time to make the Games. Prof Mackay for his part, recalls the op only too well as it was more complicated than initial presentations and he knew the timeline was tight.

As a keen netball player, Jennifer & Claire chat about the sport's increasing popularity and its evolution as it aims to become an Olympic discipline.

It is also fascinating to listen to Claire talk honestly about the expections versus reality of returning to elite-level sport following pregnancy and motherhood.

All in all a brilliant episode with an amazing athlete.

Don't miss it!

How I got into netball
Was getting to top level always a goal?
Netball career pathways then and now
Opportunities today
Men coming to the sport
Netball - a fast and furious sport
What it's like playing at top level
What it takes to be an elite athlete
Practice sessions are key
Drive to succeed
Ankle injury causing problems
Choosing surgery
Why ankles get weaker with sport
Self help for ankle sprains
Prof Mackay remembers case well
Rehab - taking the good days with the bad
Pioneering
Never looked back
Becoming a Mum
Tackling taboo subject of return to sport after pregnancy
Adapting is key
Has it been harder than you thought it would be?
It's not a six week recovery!
Growing the sport
Women's sport playing catch up
Balancing work life with sport
Analysis key to team improvement
The future is bright