OPENING a physiotherapist clinic in North Beach about six weeks ago was more than just a business move for Chris Perkin (41).
The West Coast Eagles physio from Wembley Downs wanted to keep ties with his beloved North Beach Football Club, where he is a life member and played in 10 premierships throughout his 21-year involvement.
“The club has been a huge part of my life (and it) has been amazing for me,” he said.
“This is one of the main reasons for setting up a new clinic to link with the footy club and also people around the area I have known for years in North Beach.”
Mr Perkin said during his career, he has seen some horrific injuries.
“There are different injuries for different sports, for example mainly hamstring injuries in footy, back problems in hockey and ankle sprains in basketball,” he said.
“The worst I saw was probably a broken bone about 15 years ago in which the bone went through the leg; another one was a hamstring that tore off the bone – that was nasty.”
The community conscious athlete and lecturer who has also worked for the Perth Wildcats, also raises money for Sids and Kids WA since losing his wife Cindy in 2009 and their stillborn son Jake.
“Everyone in my life has been an incredible support to me after I lost them,” he said.
“In conjunction with Sids and Kids WA, we have founded the Sunshine Beach Run which is a memorial event for me and others who have lost someone and an annual fundraising fun run on the beach which raises much needed funds for this great cause.”
Now in his 40s, he has had to scale back on playing sport, but it will always be a part of his life.
“My sons Ben (11) and Sam (9) play sport and I love watching them play,” he said.