We’re just a few weeks into the off-season, but Orla O’Dwyer has wasted no time getting her body right for the upcoming season, going under the knife earlier this week to fix a niggling shoulder injury.
O’Dwyer shared the news with fans Friday afternoon via a post-op selfie on Instagram.
A heavily strapped right shoulder had been part of O’Dwyer’s personal brand aesthetic since she arrived at the Brisbane Lions in 2020.
It was Round 8 when an old injury was aggravated in-game, resulting in O’Dwyer being omitted Round 9.
Speaking with O’Dwyer earlier today, she’s excited by the prospect of having her body back to full strength for the season ahead.
“It was difficult battling on the remainder of the season knowing my shoulder wasn’t 100%,
Once our season finished I spoke with the Lions physio team and decided having the small operation would be my best bet as being able to continue playing at a high level next season,” O’Dwyer said.
While it’s early days, the Lions Strength and Conditioning team expect a 4-5 month recovery to get full strength and mobility back into O’Dwyer’s troublesome shoulder.
O’Dwyer says she’s looking forward to the challenge. “I don’t have a whole lot on this off season to be honest. I’m really looking forward to just putting in the work and doing everything in my power to get my shoulder right for Round 1”.
After a phenomenal 2022 season, Orla earned her first All-Australian team selection. We can only imagine what’s possible with two strong shoulders.