• Gordon Pritchard - Melbourne Renegades WBBL Physio

    Now that the Rebel Women's Big Bash League season has come to an end, we found time to sit down with Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic (ASMC) Physiotherapist Gordon Pritchard to chat about his involvement.

    How did you become involved with the WBBL & Melbourne Renegades?

    I had been working with Cricket Victoria's female pathway program which feeds the U18 state side. Then the WBBL was created and a number of our U18 girls were signed by the Renegades, so I was lucky enough to move over to the Renegades as well.

    What do you find most enjoyable?

    By far the banter amongst the girls and other staff. We have such a great group of people involved. I also love the challenge of ensuring there are 11 fit players for each game. We play a lot of games, often on back to back days, so it can be a big challenge ensuring the coach has the players available to be selected.

    What did you find the most challenging?

    Being able to manage the different competing interests that make up a squad. Some of our players play for Australia or other countries or other states, some play AFLW, and all of them play club cricket through the WBBL. So it is a challenge to ensure that we are managing our players in the best way to ensure they are fit for Renegades but also for national representation or AFLW that may be coming up.

    How does this differ from other sports you are involved in / athletes you have worked with?

    Cricket can be interesting as it has clear disciplines within the game. So an injury may affect an aspect of a player's game, but maybe not their main discipline (ie batting) for which they are being picked for. So you are often managing a number of injuries that may not necessarily stop a player from being picked, but can still have an impact on their overall comfort which can then potentially affect performance. So there is a fine balance between what is acceptable when managing a particular injury

    How do you feel this experience helps you in treating your patients at ASMC?

    Being involved in a sport that has many competing interests and having to problem solve around these very much fits in with what happens with patients at ASMC. It's rare that people live in a perfect world where the sole focus can be on improving their injury or pain. Our patients have many competing interests that take away from being more focussed on themselves (ie children, family, work, sport, fitness, holidays). So the experiences of working in a challenging environment like WBBL sets me up to help ASMC patients that also have very challenging circumstances and working with them to achieve the best outcome.


  • 2019 Gym & Pilates Classes

    We've updated our Clinical Pilates & Gym Class timetable for 2019 - see attachment below*.

    All our classes are taught by qualified Physiotherapists with a maximum of only 4 attendees!

    *Please note: Friday night and Sunday time-slots do not commence until February.


    The festive season is fast approaching so we wanted to take this chance to say:

    Merry Christmas to all - we wish you a happy & healthy 2019!


    Our standard hours over the Christmas and New Year period are:

    Monday to Friday: 8.00am - 8.00pm

    Saturdays: 8:30am - 12.00pm

    We are closed on Sundays during December & January and on Public Holidays: Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 December 2018 + Tuesday 1 January 2019.

    We will be closing at 1.00pm on Monday 24 & 31 December.

    Please also note that our 2018 Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic is now closed.


  • Complex Condition Consultancy

    Specialist Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy service now available

    Kay Copeland, one of our most experienced practitioners here at Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic, is now a Specialist Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist* (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2018).

    In this role she will act as a consultant to current treating practitioners to progress complex conditions.

    Complex conditions are those that:

    • could have multiple injuries or components, or
    • have an extended history that is not improving or resolving, or
    • have an unusual condition or presentation.

    Kay will see the patient for 1-2 extended consults to develop a comprehensive management plan that includes ongoing objectives along with rehabilitation and strengthening exercises that are focused towards achieving the patient's goal.

    She will work with the current treating practitioner(s) to implement the management plan and transition the patient back to the ongoing treating practitioner.

    If you have any questions about this service or need to book a consult with Kay, please phone us on 9481 5744.

    *To achieve this Specialist title Kay completed an extensive two-year training program along with clinical examinations. She is one of only 10 Physiotherapists in Victoria with this clinical speciality!  To learn more about Kay's varied and vast experience check out her full bio.


  • Cooking With Kristen - Sprouts and Speck Salad

    Kristen Papathanasiou is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian and an Approved Eating Disorder Practitioner.

    If you hate Brussels sprouts you're doing it all wrong.Boiled soggy sprouts are a thing of the past.If you want to avoid the stink the trick is to keep the sprouts RAW. Give my SPROUT & SPECK SALAD a go...

    Toss all ingredients together, top with the citrus dressing and be prepared to be wowed.


    • Brussels sprouts, finely shredded
    • Roasted almonds, roughly chopped
    • Cooked speck, pancetta or streaky bacon
    • Grated parmesan

    CITRUS DRESSING:(makes enough to dress a large salad for 4)

    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • Juice of 2 oranges
    • a splash of apple cider vinegar
    • 2 Tb extra virgin olive oil
    • Salt and pepper



  • Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic Closed

    Please Note: Our Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic has closed for 2018.

    Call us 9481 5744 to make an appointment during our normal business hours:

    8am - 8pm Monday to Friday

    8.30am - 12pm Saturdays

    9.30am - 1pm Sundays*

    (*closed Sundays in December & January)


  • Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic Update

    Due to popular demand we're continuing our Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic beyond the winter sports season - but only on Saturdays and at our Sports Medicine Clinic (not the Exercise + Rehab Centre).

    If someone is injured on a weekend and requires injury assessment and management, but doesn't need to go to or want to wait in an emergency department, they can drop in to:

    Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic
    339 Heidelberg Road, Northcote
    12.30 - 5pm Saturdays (until early November)

    Injuries are assessed by a Physiotherapist.

    No appointment is needed, but if possible please call ahead on 9481 5744.

  • Cooking With Kristen - Loaded Sweet Potato

    Kristen Papathanasiou is our Accredited Practising Dietitian and an Accredited Sports Dietitian.

    Loaded Sweet Potato

    Serves 4-5


    • 2 large sweet potatoes cut in half lengthways
    • 500g lean beef mince
    • 1 400g can of red kidney beans OR black beans
    • 1 400g can of diced tomatoes
    • 1 red onion finely chopped
    • 1 Tb smoked paprika
    • 1 Tb cumin
    • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
    • Salt & pepper
    • Tasty cheese, grated


    1. Pre-heat fan oven to 200C.
    2. Roast sweet potato halves in oven for 40 minutes or until cooked all the way through.
    3. In a pan, fry off the onion and spices in olive oil.
    4. Add mince and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Once meat has turned almost completely brown add the tinned tomatoes and beans and let simmer with the lid on for 15 minutes.
    5. Once the meat is cooked, spoon the mixture over the cooked sweet potato halves, top with cheese and bake until cheese is melted.
    6. Serve with greek yoghurt or home-made guacamole.

    This can make for a perfect vegetarian dish too - just leave out the mince!




  • Focus on: A Podiatrist’s role in knee pain

    Are your feet affecting your knee pain?

    Knee pain, specifically patellofemoral joint (PFJ) pain is a common condition seen by clinicians affecting all kinds of people from elite athletes, to more sedentary individuals. The condition accounts for 20-40% of all knee complaints. Whilst there are multiple ways to manage this kind of knee pain, one key area often overlooked is how the feet are influencing the condition.

    The condition typically presents with pain at the front of the knee, where the articulation of the knee cap and thigh bone (femur) align. With movement of the knee the kneecap needs to slide and glide over the thigh bone in a specific groove, think of it like a tram on tram tracks. If the knee cap is not sliding over the groove due to misalignment and ‘maltracking' pain will present. Many patients describe the pain when squatting, taking the stairs or bending their knees.

    There are many factors which can lead to the ‘maltracking' of the patella, yet one area to be strongly considered is looking at lower limb and foot alignment.

    In treatment, muscle imbalances are typically addressed which may involve strengthening work and exercises, however it's important to consider if your foot alignment influencing your pain.

    In 2018 the Journal of Gait & Posture published a paper examining the use of foot orthoses in the treatment of PFJ pain, they concluded that addressing foot alignment through foot orthoses affected knee mechanics through altering ground reaction forces. Whilst this is only a small piece of the puzzle in PFJ pain research, in my experience as a Sports Podiatrist addressing patient's foot posture (amount of foot pronation) with either prescribed orthotics or even with something as simple as footwear changes has had some great results in managing knee pain.

    At Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic our Podiatrist can perform a comprehensive biomechanical assessment, focusing on your Gait (the way you walk), lower limb alignment and your foot posture. From there, they can advise you on ways to improve any postural deficits providing you with footwear recommendations and, if required, manufacture custom orthotics which may help with your knee pain.

    Zoe Giacobbe - Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic Podiatrist.

    Citation: Burston. J, Richards. J, Selfe. J, 2018, The effects of three quarter and full length foot orthoses on knee mechanics in healthy subjects and pattelofemoral pain when walking and descending stairs, Gait and Posture,62 p518-522.


  • Paediatrics Abroad

    Our Paediatrician, Dr Peter Barnett, spent the month of April volunteering at the Lao Friends Hospital for Children in Luang Prabang, Laos.

    He was there with his wife Megan (a Neonatal Nurse) and other volunteer doctors and nurses from Australia, England and the US. He said it was an amazing experience and what made it even more rewarding was the fact that they weren't just offering their services for a set amount of time - instead they were there in more of a consultative role to upskill local doctors and nurses so as to improve the ongoing services that are available for patients.

    Funded purely by donations and sponsored by Friends Without A Border, an American based foundation, the hospital provides free medical care and health education to children in northern Laos. They have started a developmental clinic for children with development issues (e.g. cerebral palsy etc) to help them achieve better outcomes. And also run a clinic for patients with Thalassaemia, who require blood transfusions on a monthly basis to be able to live normal lives, something we in Australia could take for granted as it would be available to us.

    Any medical or nursing volunteers with paediatric experience are welcome, as of course are donations. https://fwab.org/laos/