Physiotherapy uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. It can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness.

Physiotherapists can address sports injuries as well as conditions ranging from arthritis, back and neck pain, including whiplash to chronic injuries such as repetitive strain injury (RSI).

RecoveryPump - recovery compression boots rental

The Sports Clinic at Sydney University offers convenient recovery compression boots rental for people living, studying or working in the inner city.

RecoveryPump is used by athletic programs around the world and at every level of sports to help reduce the risk of injury and to treat athletes post injury/surgery.

The RP therapy (gradient sequential pneumatic compression) is the only medically proven type of pneumatic compression to both accelerate recovery and increase athletic performance in subsequent exercise bouts.

RecoveryPumps's unique boot design and quick cycle time actively engages the body's natural return systems (venous/lymphatic) while at rest and keeps athletes feeling fresh during the grind of their season.

$20 for 30 mins
$40 for 1 hour

RecoveryPump - recovery compression boot rental
  • Stuart Pavely PhD

    Honorary Clinical Lecturer, University of Sydney
    APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist
    Principal Physiotherapist

    Sydney Uni

    I am an APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist and have been lead Physio at the Sports Clinic at the University of Sydney for over 10 years. During my 26 years as a Physio, 12 years have been with full time professional sports teams across 3 continents.

    These include Sheffield Utd FC (UK) , NSW Waratahs, Junior Wallabies (Aus) and Ricoh Black Rams (Japan). I enjoy all sports and musculoskeletal injuries and am intrigued by movement skills.

    I completed a PhD in 2012 and am an Honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney.

    Positions held with sporting teams

    • Australia A (Wallabies) Lead Physiotherapist 2022
    • Sydney Flames Basketball 2017- current
    • Super IV select team v Wallabies Lead Physiotherapist 2018
    • Sydney Stars Physiotherapist Rugby NRC Championship 2014
    • World Universities Rugby Lead Physiotherapist 2013
    • 2008-2011 Physiotherapist and movement skills coach Ricoh Black Rams Rugby Union
    • 2005 Physiotherapist Australia Under 21’s Rugby Union
    • 2003-2008 Physiotherapist NSW Waratahs
    • 2001-2005 Physiotherapist Sydney University Football Club
    • 1997-1999 Physiotherapist Sheffield United Football Club
    • 1993-1994 Massage therapist Oldham Athletic Football Club


    Pavely S, Adams RD, Di Francesco T, Larkham S, Maher CG. Bilateral clearance punt kicking in rugby union: effects of hand used for ball delivery. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, Volume 10, Number 2, August 2010 , pp. 187-196(10)

    Pavely S, Adams RD, Di Francesco T, Larkham S, Maher CG. Execution and outcome differences between passes to the left and right made by first-grade rugby union players. Phys Ther Sport. 2009 Nov;10(4):136-41.

    Stuart Pavely - Principal Physiotherapist
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  • George Guyatt


    Sydney Uni

    George completed a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Human Movement in 2012, which led him into a Master of Physiotherapy at Sydney University. Since graduating from his Masters degree in 2014, he has multiple years of experience working in private practice as well as semi-professional and professional sport.

    Since joining the clinic in 2017, George has worked closely with Sydney University Football Club (rugby union), first as the under 20’s physiotherapist and since 2019, as the Head Physiotherapist of the rugby club. This has provided George with extensive experience rehabilitating all injuries. In this role George has worked closely with many patients/players recovering from surgery, including foot/ankle, knee and shoulder surgeries. His experience in semi-professional sport has also provided him with the opportunity to work with professional athletes at the NSW Waratahs and multiple National Rugby Championship teams.

    George’s experience in the clinic with general population, as well as high-level athletes from multiple sporting backgrounds (rugby, rock climbing, cricket, football, tennis, badminton, golf) has allowed him to develop an extensive skillset to manage both acute and chronic injuries. He is particularly interested in rehabilitating tendon pathologies and is passionate about working closely with patients recovering from surgery. He feels that educating patients to support them in actively rehabilitating themselves, in combination with targeted and effective exercise prescription, is the key to successful recovery from injury.

    George Guyatt - Physiotherapist
    2. George Guyatt
  • Lizzy Donnelly


    Sydney Uni

    Lizzy Donnelly graduated from Brunel University in London in 2013. She has experience working in London for the National Health Service and within the private sector. Lizzy moved from the UK to Sydney in November 2017 to experience the Aussie way of life.

    Lizzy is very passionate about running and treating all running or sprinting injuries. Her background is predominately in Athletics as well as soccer and cycling. She has worked with a range of athletes and previously ran hydrotherapy classes to help patients recover from their injuries.

    Lizzy has also worked for Hammersmith and Fulham Rugby club delivering pitch side assistance and treating acute sports injuries. She has now taken over the Men’s U18, U20 and senior men’s soccer team.

    Outside of the clinical setting Lizzy plays soccer, runs, cycles and does yoga. She is passionate about health promotion and believes everyone should be able to experience the benefits for exercise both physically and mentally.

    Lizzy Donnelly - Physiotherapist
    3. Lizzy Donnelly
  • Chris Russell

    APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist

    Sydney Uni

    Chris Russell graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science (rehabilitation) from Charles Sturt University in 2013, before going on the complete a Master of Physiotherapy at Sydney University. After graduation Chris worked in the public health system at both Manly and Mona Vale Hospital where he undertook the new graduate program. In 2022 he completed his Masters of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy through La Trobe University.

    Chris has always had an invested interest in sport, in particular rugby, cricket, cycling and running. This has resulted in him developing a passion for working with people to rehabilitate their injuries and optimise their physical capabilities. He has worked with the Sydney University cricket, rowing, swimming, water polo and women’s NPL soccer teams, whilst he is currently assisting the Sydney University Rugby Colts. Chris is also a physiotherapy provider for the Junior Australian Rowing Team’s.

    Chris has a specific interest in running related injuries and tendon pathologies. Chris believes one of the keys to successful rehabilitation is appropriate patient education along with individualised exercise prescription.

    Chris Russell - Physiotherapist
    4. Chris Russell
  • Laura Zanatta

    Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist

    Sydney Uni

    Laura has graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Physiotherapy degree. She had previously completed an Exercise Physiology degree and has been working as an exercise physiologist over the past 2 years. Laura has experience working with a range of conditions including neurological rehabilitation, lower back pain, chronic injuries, as well as strength and conditioning for geriatrics and the general population. Laura also has experience working with young athletes where she triaged injuries and provided immediate care in weekend sports, particularly rugby and soccer.

    Laura grew up in Griffith NSW, where she was involved in playing competitive sports, particularly netball and touch. Outside of the clinic, Laura loves to run, play sports and teach Pilates. Drawing from her background in sport, Laura has an interest in sports rehabilitation and women’s health. Combined with her exercise physiology knowledge, Laura is skilled in exercise prescription and rehabilitation for all ages. She believes that successful recovery from injury involves educating patients to actively participate in their own rehabilitation, along with providing them with targeted and effective exercise prescriptions.

    Laura Zanatta - Physiotherapist & Exercise Physiologist
    5. Laura Zanatta