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).
Stuart consults from The Sports Clinic and Wentworth rooms
Originally from Gloucestershire in England’s south west, Stuart trained at the University of the Manchester in the early 1990’s following a sports science degree at the University of Northumbria.
During his Student days, he was massage therapist for Oldham Athletic Football Club in the English Premier League (EPL) and later as Physiotherapist to Sheffield United Football Club in the English Championship League.
In late 1999 Stuart emigrated to Australia and was appointed physiotherapist to Sydney University Football club (2001-2004) and later NSW Waratahs (2003-2008). Before returning to The Sports Clinic at Sydney University in 2011 he was physiotherapist and movement skills coach for Ricoh Black Rams Rugby team in the Japanese Top League.
In 2012 Stuart was awarded his PhD in physiotherapy and motor control in Rugby Union. He is currently co-supervisor of 2 honours projects being undertaken through the University of Sydney.
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Danni graduated from the University of Sydney in 2010 and recently completed her Masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from Griffith University. She enjoyed how her double degree has improved her understanding of complex sports and musculoskeletal injuries as well as her manual skills.
Since starting at the clinic in 2012 Danni has a wide range of experience working with different sporting clubs including soccer, netball, rowing, swimming and rugby union.
Danni also is also a Pilates instructor and teaches Clinical Pilates to the public and specific sporting groups. She has completed her Pilates certification through DMA Clinical Pilates.
Whilst studying Danni was part of the Elite Athlete Program (EAP) and held a Sports Scholarship for soccer representing Sydney University in the NSW Premier League. As a result, she has experienced numerous injuries including two knee reconstructions and understands the rehabilitation process in returning to sport.
Her greatest interest is not only helping athletes and patients overcome their injuries, but to return them to their sport or activities at a high performance level and capacity. She also has a large interest in injury prevention. From her experience in the EAP and her current sports involvement she understands the importance of being able to work with coaches, strength and conditioning, exercise physiology and other staff involved in athletic performance.
Danni is an APA Sports Physiotherapist, APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and is currently the Head Physiotherapist for Sydney University Football Club (rugby).
Physiotherapist / Pilates
M.Health.Sc.(Sports Physiotherapy), B.App.Sc.(Physiotherapy)
Trish graduated as a Physiotherapist from Cumberland College of Health Sciences, University of Sydney in 1996.
After a year working at Royal North Shore Hospital, Trish worked in England for 2 years in both musculoskeletal and rehabilitation settings.
It was in England where Trish developed her interest in sports physiotherapy, attending numerous movement dysfunction control courses. This inspired her transition from traditional musculoskeletal physiotherapy into Pilates, and functional movement control.
Upon returning to Sydney in 2000, Trish has worked extensively in sports physiotherapy, being team physiotherapist for Gordon Rugby Club (Colts:2000, 2001) and Grammer School( Rugby/soccer, 2002) and currently Manly Warringah Netball Association (2003-current). NTT communications (2009) and RICOH Black Rams (2010) as Pilates physiotherapist in the Japanese Top League.
After completing her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2003 at the University of Sydney, Trish has been working as a qualified Pilates instructor for the last 8 years specialising in both preventative and therapeutic exercise.
Trish is married and has 4 boys, Samuel, William, Flynn and Oliver.
George completed a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Human Movement in 2012 which led him into a Masters of Physiotherapy at Sydney University. Since graduating from the Masters degree in 2014 he has had experience working for multiple years in private practice.
In between study and work, he has always been heavily involved in Rugby Union. Playing rugby for 17 years as well as other sports as a junior athlete, led to him developing a significant interest in working with sports people and assisting them in their rehabilitation from injury. He has recently started working with the Sydney University Colts rugby teams.
He is particularly interested in rehabilitating tendon pathologies and knee injuries in the sporting and general population. He feels that creating awareness and educating patients on their injury management is the key to successful rehabilitation in combination with targeted and effective exercise prescription.
Outside of the clinic George enjoys a very average round of golf and getting down to the beach for a surf.
Ben consults from The Sports Clinic and Wentworth rooms
Originally from the trusted NSW country town of Bathurst, Ben completed a Bachelor in Exercise Science (Rehabilitation) at Charles Sturt University before relocating to Sydney University where he completed a Master of Physiotherapy. Since graduating, Ben has been employed at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital within the new graduate program where he gained valuable experience in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings.
During Ben’s post-graduate study, he was a member of the Sydney University Elite Athlete Program (EAP) and held a sports scholarship at Wesley College for his involvement with Sydney University Cricket Club. He remains heavily involved with the cricket club, regularly playing in their first grade side whilst also advising in a physiotherapy role through The Sports Clinic. Ben values this experience in the elite athlete setting very highly and takes a particular interest in managing athletes striving for elite sporting status.
Since graduating, Ben turned his focus to work in the hospital setting at RPAH where he continued to advance his skills in both acute and chronic injury management. He has developed an excellent skill set in the management of patients with chronic pain, specialising in the areas of lumbar spine, cervical spine and shoulder. He takes pride in his ability to manage patients of all age groups and improving overall life quality.
Now based at The Sports Clinic full time, he is the Sydney University Flames Basketball Academy physiotherapist and continues his involvement at Sydney University Cricket Club. Ben recognises the importance of manual therapy during the rehabilitation process and believes a commitment to prescribed exercise combined with appropriate manual techniques is the key to an early return to work, sport or general exercise.
Graduating with a Bachelor in Exercise and Health Science from Australian Catholic University in 2013, Yaw went on to complete a Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie University in 2016. After travelling to countries including England, Germany and Chile as a soccer player in his late teens and playing at a representative level within the Football NSW Premier Leagues, Yaw developed his passion for physiotherapy through his love of sports.
He has advanced his skills as a physiotherapist with sporting teams including Balmain Rugby Union club, multiple Football NSW Premier League sides, NSW Women’s and Men’s state AFL representatives sides and continues to do so as the present National Premier League and National Youth League physiotherapist for Sydney FC.
Using his elite sporting learnings, Yaw is devoted to employing his knowledge to the general population with a combination of hands on manual therapy and assisted exercise prescription to get the best results out of everyone.
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.