• Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic Re-opening: Saturday 25 March

    The winter sporting season is upon us again and as such our Weekend Walk-In Injury Clinic at Warringal Private Hospital will be re-opening, with the addition of a plastering service too!

    If someone is injured on a weekend, from Saturday 25 March onwards, and requires medical assistance but doesn't need to go to or want to wait in an emergency department they can drop in to:

    Warringal Private Hospital Day Surgery

    Suite 13 - Level 3, 216 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg.

    12 - 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

    Injuries are assessed by a Physiotherapist with plastering services and X-Ray facilities also available.

    Remember, we can help with injury prevention as well as recovery and take care of both sporting and non-sporting medical and rehabilitation elements.

    Phone us on 9481 5744 if you have any questions or would like to make a regular appointment.


  • Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport

    5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport

    Berlin, Germany. 27-28 October 2016

    A summary from Sport and Exercise Physician Dr David Bolzonello

    "The main value was reassurance that we here in Melbourne are using best practice principles and that we do manage our athletes well."

    Australians were well represented from all our key sports and four of the seven sessions were moderated by Australians, Sport and Exercise Physicians Michael Makdissi, Martin Raftery, and Paul McCrory, who is also a neurologist, and Gavin Davis, Neurosurgeon.

    The format for the event was 7 key topics explored over 7 sessions.

    The seven topics were:

    • Concussion Definition and Sideline Screening
    • Sport Concussion Assessment Tool ( SCAT) and Post-injury assessment
    • Advanced or Novel testing and treatment
    • Physiologic Recovery - Return to play modifiers
    • Childhood concussion
    • Persistent Post concussive Symptoms and Long Term Sequelae
    • Risk Reduction.

    A leader of each working group presented a review of the most recent scientific papers in each topic. Some 2000+ papers were assessed and culled using key words/criteria in each group to sometimes only 15 papers.

    A summary of evidence in each area was presented to the forum. Each session included scientific presentations on that session topic and attendees from the floor added comments, suggestions or even disagreements. These comments were recorded and over the next two days the leaders met to write up the new International consensus position statement. It is due for publication in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in the first third of next year.

    What did I learn?

    The definition of concussion is largely agreed upon by experts, although there is no uniform definition in the scientific literature. There was agreement on a definition as "change in brain function due to a transfer of energy to the brain and its associated structures".

    No definition proposed a prognosis for recovery, and no symptom is specific to concussion.

    Sideline assessment can be very difficult for clinicians as they do not have the benefit of multiple camera angles and slow motion whilst they are testing the player and making decisions. Often, commentators and spectators have a better picture of the impact, and the injured player's response to that impact, than do the staff in the playing arena. Access to tools such as Hawkeye video review are helping doctors to see what the commentators have seen, and be able to respond accordingly.

    The SCAT remains a very important tool and will be refined in its next iteration.

    Universities are looking for a single marker of diagnosis or recovery, be it by scans or blood test which will simplify management.

    Recovery was discussed, women it seems recover more slowly than men and may be more susceptible.

    Not all symptoms are due to brain injury e.g. headache and balance disturbance are likely due to injury to the neck and/or the vestibular structures of the inner ear. It was a surprise to me that this fact seemed to be presented as new discovery.

    Persistent symptoms may in part be due to altered mood state and anxiety from the diagnosis itself, and it was noted that too much medical attention can create an expectation of poor recovery, as may occur in back pain.

    There is no magic bullet in terms of testing or treatment as yet. Clinical assessment using the full gamut of history, examination and special tests such as MRI and neuropsychological testing, remains the mainstay of management.

    Children do not need to rest totally before resuming activity. Low level activity aids recovery and shortens recovery time as compared to those who totally rested. Engaging the school in the recovery process is very important. How long they should remain out of competition was not fully explored but will be considered in the position statement.

    Long term sequelae, specifically Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) remains the most contentious issue in this area of medicine, with believers and sceptics.

    The consensus is that the condition probably exists but current evidence based on retrospective reviews and post-mortem changes is flawed as the contributions of factors such as past alcohol, illicit and performance enhancing drug use are unknown.

    Risk reduction centred on issues such as rule changes, rule enforcement, general and neck specific conditioning and protective equipment.

    Overall I am glad I received an AFL nomination to be invited and enjoyed the collegiality and discussion with clinicians from around the world. The main value was reassurance that we here in Melbourne are using best practice principles and that we do manage our athletes well. As always, continuous improvement comes from doing things well for each and every patient and keeping abreast of the knowledge.


  • ASMC Update

    REMINDER: We're not going anywhere . . . yet!

    Even though this (see image above) happened last week, nothing is changing - at least not for a while.

    We have an ongoing lease in the building & the sale is simply phase 1 of our plan to bring the entire business together.

    While we search for a suitable new building we will continue to offer our services as per usual - both at Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic, 339 Heidelberg Rd AND via the Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre at no. 376.

    This process may take a while but the end result will be a great new location with all your injury, prevention & rehabilitation needs under one roof.

    Stay tuned for more news in the future.


  • Exciting times ahead for Alphington Sports Medicine

    Don't panic if you notice a For Sale sign out the front of our Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre building - we're not going anywhere . . . yet.

    We have an ongoing lease in the building and the sale is simply phase one of a plan to bring our entire business together under one roof.

    While we search for a suitable new building we will continue to offer our services as per usual - both at the Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic, 339 Heidelberg Road, and via the Exercise + Rehabilitation Centre at number 376.

    This process may take a while but the end result will be a great new location with all your sporting and non-sporting injury, prevention and rehabilitation needs in the one place.

    Stay tuned for more news in the future . . .


  • Vale Steve Evans

    A highly experienced sports physiotherapist with a passion for basketball, Steve Evans was one of the founders of Alphington Sports Medicine Clinic. He sadly passed away last year after a long and courageous battle with his health.

    Steve was a crucial part of the clinic growing to what it is today. He bought a wealth of knowledge and friendship along the journey and he fostered a culture of caring for everyone around him.

    Over the years, Steve mentored so many physios in a friendly and empowering manner that many of us will carry his advice with us forever. His sense of humour and upbeat nature will never be forgotten.

    His commitment to the teams he worked with was very special and many of the athletes kept in contact over the years. Those teams included:

    • Australian Men's Basketball team "Boomers" Olympic (2004, 2008, 2012) and World Championship (2006, 2010) campaigns;
    • NBL teams Nunawading Spectres, South East Melbourne Magic, Melbourne Titans and Melbourne Tigers over more than 25 years;
    • Other Australian basketball teams including junior squads and the Opals.
    • Victorian State basketball teams

    Sadly missed and will never be forgotten - Steve Evans (18/05/1953 to 26/05/2015)

  • Participants Needed For GLoBE Hip Trial

    Our own Rachael McMillan (Physiotherapist) is seeking post-menopausal women in metropolitan Melbourne with GTPS for the @GLoBEHip trial.

    If you can answer yes to one or more of the following questions you may be eligible for free physiotherapy and medical treatment!

    • Do you have pain at the side of your hip?
    • Do you have trouble lying on your hip at night?
    • Do you have pain in your hip climbing up and downstairs?
    • Have you been diagnosed with bursitis of your hip, gluteal tendinopathy or greater trochanteric pain syndrome?

    For further information please contact: Rachael McMillan: Ph 9479 1389 or email globe.hip@latrobe.edu.au



  • A Taste Of (Basketball) Success

    Alphington Sports Medicine Physio Madeleine Ellis has just returned from Europe where she got the sweet taste of success in the form of World Championship gold with the Sapphires, Australia's U17 girls basketball team.

    She said it was an amazing trip and team to work for - with the highlight definitely being the team's semi final and first ever win over the USA!

    Madeleine is on the far right in this team photo.


  • ASMC Physiotherapist now working with Volleyroos

    The Australian Men's Indoor Volleyball Team, The Volleyroos, are currently competing in the Olympic Qualification tournament in Tokyo.

    And they are in good hands with talented Melbourne Physiotherapist Darren Austin.

    Check out the team profile and all the latest from the tournament at: 




  • Physio Julia Allan travels with Victorian Fury to PNG

    The charity organisation Water Aid Australia has recently begun a campaign to deliver access to clean drinking water and sanitation to many more villages across Papua New Guinea due to almost 4 million people not having access and many people dying from diseases such as Diarrhea.

    To help promote the campaign and raise the awareness of women's health in particular, Water Aid launched its campaign by using sport to help deliver the message. Netball was chosen to help show how strong females can be and the importance of good clean drinking water. A Tri-Series tournament was organised and I travelled with the Victorian Fury netball side who competed against Singapore and Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.

    The tournament was a great chance for the Fury players to prepare for the 2016 Australian Netball League season as well as support a fantastic project that works to empower women and improve necessities such as clean drinking water and sanitation. All the players and support staff were honored to be involved in such a great cause.

    In regards to the matches we also had success on this front as well with a win against Singapore and then a win against Papua New Guinea on International Women's Day with the score line ending 64-35.


  • Educational Workshop


    On Tuesday 8 March we presented an Educational Workshop in conjunction with Direct Radiology as a breakfast session.

    The topic was Gluteal Tendinopathy - Implications for Assessment & Management, with local GPs and staff in attendance.

    Speakers were our own Dr. David Bolzonello and Direct Radiology's Dr. Gaurav Gupta.

    If you were unable to make it, here's a copy of the presentation.