• 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

    www.latrobe.edu.au/globe-hip

     

  • 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: 

    http://worldoqt.japan.2016.men.fivb.com/en/teams/aus-australia

     

     

  • 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.

     

  • 15th Pacific Games

    In July 2015 I travelled to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to work with the athletes of Team PNG at the 15th Pacific Games. Our physio team cared for around 600 athletes over the two weeks. The games consisted of twenty sports ranging from athletics, swimming, rugby 7’s and boxing, to the traditional pacific island Va’a (similar to canoeing). It was an absolute privilege to experience the rich cultures of the various Pacific nations, particularly of beautiful Papua New Guinea. Surprisingly, they speak over 850 languages (which made treating challenging at times), from its population of seven million people. The experience proved even more special as Team PNG hit the medal tally with 29 more gold medals than their nearest rivals New Caledonia, who have topped the tally twelve out of the previous fourteen Pacific Games.

    Gordon Pritchard, Physiotherapist

  • 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

     

     

  • World Summer Universiade Games

    WOW WOW WOW!! What an experience!

    In early July, I was fortunate enough to work on the Medical Team for the Aussieroos at the World Summer Universiade Games. They were held in Gwangju, which is 4 hours south of Seoul. It was a very clean city, with friendly people who were warm and accommodating. There were over 14,000 athletes competing from 170 nations. The atmosphere for both the opening and closing ceremonies was electrifying; something that I will always remember.

    The medical team consisted of 3 doctors, 3 physiotherapists and 3 massage therapists. Of course, there were many more which assisted the individual teams, such as basketball, swimming, athletics, etc. It was an honour to be integrated with each of those teams and definitely a mind blowing highlight to add to my professional career.

    I will always look back on the Games with fondness and great pride to have been a part of them.

     

    -Donna Callela, Massage Therapist

  • Victorian Calisthenics Nationals

    As the team Physiotherapist, I recently travelled to the Gold Coast with the Victorian Calisthenics teams competing in their Nationals. My daughter was in the Junior section (10 to 13 year olds) and they won the national title with a clean sweep of 6 first placings in the 6 items included in their section. The sub-junior section (7 to 9 year olds) also won the national title and the intermediates (14 to 16 year olds) came third. I have worked with the Calisthenics State Team girls since November last year. Outstanding results girls!

     

    -Gaylene McKay, Physiotherapist

  • Heart Disease and Sudden Cardiac Death in Sport

    Listen to Dr David Bolzonello on SEN last week talking to Paul Coburn and Daniel Hartford about heart issues and emergency management on the sporting field.

    Click for full Audio ‘Fit and Well for half time’) 

     A Summary of this talk can be found below:

    • Exercise is good for the heart. Sport is good for the individual and the community. Young people do not need a medical check-up unless they are participating in high level elite talent programs (generally considered as more than 6 hours of structured training a week).

    • The benefits of exercise far outweigh risk of heart problems to an individual with no known risk factors as below.

    • However people, irrespective of age, to whom the following applies should see a Sport and Exercise Physician or experienced Sports Doctor for primary assessment and possibly referral to a specialist cardiologist to determine fitness to participate in competitive sport or intense exercise or training:

    -Those who have a family history of sudden death  under the age of 50, heart conditions such as cardiomyopathy or heart electrical / rhythm conditions.

    -Those who have the following symptoms when participating in exercise; dizziness or light headedness , fainting or collapse, unusual shortness of breath or tiredness, chest pain, neck, jaw or arm pain; palpitations of the heart or an irregular heart beat*, any other known heart condition or presence of a murmur.

    -Adults who after a long period of inactivity plan to take up an exercise program and: