Five minutes with... Dr Bassam Moses

He's worked with some of the biggest names in Australian sport - and now, he's here at Barangaroo to help you with your sports-related injuries.
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Dr Moses with ex-Bulldogs player Sam Perrett


Hi Dr Moses! Tell us a little bit about yourself – where did you grow up, and how did you end up as a sports physician?
I was born in Sydney and grew up in Hurlstone Park, in Sydney’s inner west. After going to school in Lewisham, I completed my medical degree at the University of New South Wales. Not surpisingly, I've always loved sports and grew up playing football and rugby league, so after my post graduate diploma in sports medicine, I worked with the Newtown Jets in the NSW rugby league reserve grade competition. It was during this time that my passion for sports and exercise medicine really developed - and I began my journey to become a specialist in this field.

You’ve worked with some big names in sport – including the NSW State of Origin Team, Canterbury Bulldogs and the Western Sydney Wanderers. What are some of your favourite memories/moments working with these teams?
It truly is a privilege to work in these environments where you develop great friendships with players and club staff. I'll never forget the Asian Champions League victory with the Wanderers - this was such a David vs Goliath story given the teams we defeated along the way - and the budgets they were working with compared to ours! It truly goes to show what hard work and self-belief can achieve.

The 2014 grand final journey with the Bulldogs was also special despite being on the wrong side of the scoreboard on the day. For me, the most rewarding part of this work is helping athletes overcome injuries and watching them return and perform at their best. It's also rewarding being able to use this to help patients in clinic achieve their goals.

And what’s the hardest thing about working with these big teams?
By far the hardest thing is being away from my wife and children, but from a work point of view the most challenging aspect is dealing with the different personalities and the intensity of elite athletes - they're an incredibly passionate bunch. Oh, and returning players back to the field as quickly as possible without doing them further harm is always the most difficult juggling act! 

 

What do you get up to outside of work?
To be honest, between all the teams I cover and my clinic work there isn’t a lot of spare time at the moment! If I find some, its always spending time with my kids. Playing basketball, football and cycling with them is a great opportunity to put the stresses of working with these professional teams into perspective.

And lastly, what kind of injuries are you finding are common these days?
I'm treating a lot of tendon and joint injuries at the moment, although these aren't always related to sport and exercise. Managing these injuries often requires patients to modify their activities - usually temporarily, but sometimes permanently. For me, it's all about giving my patients options to maintain a healthy lifestyle - patients often feel dejected by not being able to do the same things they used to, but I try and remind them that dealing with injuries is much better than treating the consequences of not being active at all.

 

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Dr Moses with Mitchell Pearce in the 2017 State of Origin series


Barangaroo Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Clinic is now open on Level 1, 400 Barangaroo Avenue (above Joe & The Juice). To book an initial consultation, call (02) 8599 9811 or book online.