Port Adelaide star Robbie Gray says his season-ending knee injury in 2012 opened his eyes up to a new set of habits.
Gray suffered a horrific knee hyperextension against Collingwood, prematurely ending his season.
He says although it was an awful injury at the time, the All-Australian has learnt some valuable lessons from it.
“I’m not sure if I would have made the changes if it wasn’t for my knee,” Gray told SEN SA Breakfast.
“It was certainly a massive turning point and I’m certainly much more professional now.
“(I’m) pretty pedantic about things and my weight and stuff like that.
“I know what I need to do to be able to perform at my best to be able to get out there on the weekend.
“Before the knee, I had so many issues with my body, soft tissue and stuff like that so I’ve got that all in a pretty good place.
“I think that year off really allowed me to get my body in proper shape.”
Gray will play his 200th game for the Power when they take on Melbourne on Saturday at the MCG.
Hear Robbie Gray on SEN SA Breakfast in the player below.