• Ciao from Italy!

    From the 26th of June to the 18th July I spent 3 fortunate weeks at the Australian Institute of Sport European Training Centre, Gavirate Italy. My role was to tend to the health needs of all Australian athletes currently training and competing in Europe.

    These athletes included the Australian Rowing team , assisting their team doctor Dr Larissa Trease, and taking over when she left for competition in Switzerland and ongoing locales. The Australian Men’s 23 cycling team are resident in the Area and use the centre for their medical needs. The Women’s national team also staged there before their Giro D’Italia and Tour de France. We had pole vaulters, sailers and a race walker come through. The centre is staffed by Australians who work for the AIS who all speak fluent Italian. There is also an Italian gentleman Luca Broggini, who deals with the local governent agencies. I took trips to Milan with athletes to meet local specialists and arrange tests and X-rays. This was a positive experience being able to interact with excellent local medical specialists, and a chance to improve my conversational and medical Italian.

    The chance to meet and treat Olympic athletes on their journey to Rio next year was a privilege and a great learning experience. While I love the local AFL scene, the knowledge I gained in Italy will help my work with local athletes.

    This was my second tour to Italy, and I hope to get asked back next year.


    Ciao Tutti!


    - Dr David Bolzonello, Sports Physician



  • Volleyroos journey to Rio

    This year I became the Physio and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Men's Volleyroos-  the Australian Indoor Volleyball Team. As the team competes to earn an Olympic Qualifying Spot in Rio, I was lucky enough to follow them on this exciting journey.

    I headed up to the AIS in Canberra to start immediately, where we had a series of friendly games against China in Brisbane and Canberra. Currently, we are now competing in World League and are in the top pool against Brazil (Ranked 1st), Italy (4th), and Serbia (8th). We lost to Italy in Adelaide in the first two games and are now in Brazil to play the world number 1. We have two games against the Brazilians before we head to Italy to play them again, folllwed by our match against Serbia. We then return to Australia and play in Melbourne on the 4th and 5th of July against Serbia. Following this we play in the Asian Championships in Tehran (Iran) and the World Cup in Japan, both of which are Olympic qualifying events.

    I'm loving it very much, it has been super busy being responsible for both their injury management and general health, as well as the strength programs of course but it's very enjoyable.

    -Darren Austin, Physiotherapist


  • Clinic Update December 2013

    As 2013 draws to a close, we'd like to wish all the Alphington Sports Med community a safe and happy Xmas and New Year. It's been a busy 2013 and as we round out the year we take this opportunity to update you all on what's making news....

  • Taking Australian Sports Medicine On The Road - Pomps' ETC Adventure

    Recently, John Pompei (physiotherapist) spent a month at the Australian Institute of Sport’s European Training Centre (ETC) in Gavirate, Italy. His time away was eventful and eye opening. For all of our sports enthusiast friends......this one is a great read for you! Read on....

  • AIS Update From Miranda Wallis

    Our very own Miranda Wallis (physiotherapist) has been seconded to the Australia Institute of Sport leading up to London 2012. She gives us this update..

    After another successful Gliders camp, I started my new adventure with the AIS Physical Therapies department on the Friday after Australia Day.  This first day I was left to my own devices to organise IT to get my computer going, find my way to the uniform store and just generally get to know my way around the people and places that make up the AIS....