Coach of the Northern United Rugby League Football Club, Chris Binge, knows if his players are healthy off the field they are likely to get better scores on the field.
The players took part in a free health checks on Tuesday at Meridian Health in Goonellabah, with the doctors and nurses joined by final-year students from Southern Cross University. They worked from the new $1.4 million mobile 'SCU Truck' providing basic health checks and tips on how to stay healthy. This is the third year the football club has instigated the health checks.
"The big reason for this is the club is not just about playing rugby league it's about ensuring our players are aware of their own health and wellbeing and stay on track with that," Chris said. "It guarantees the blokes who play for our club are healthy… the last thing we need on the field is a heart attack."
Chris said with Aboriginal people more at risk of things like diabetes, ensuring his players got health checked before the season commenced had a flow-on effect beyond the club.
"For starters, we know men don't generally have health checks or if they do it's a last resort when something severe has happened. The health of Aboriginal people across the country is an issue, and there's talk of closing the gap - we're out there doing it. Plus it has a snowball effect with their partners, their wives, their kids. It's a win-win," he said.
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