• 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:

  • 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

     

  • Update Vic U/17 Netball Team

    Working with the Under 17 Victorian side as their physiotherapist was an absolute privilege with such a talented and fun group of girls. A team of 12 was selected last October with some players travelling from regional Victoria up to 3 hours away to train every weekend.

  • Julia Allan on the road with Drake

    Physiotherapy work certainly takes you to interesting places. Over the past week one of our physio's Julia Allan worked with Canadian hip-hop superstar "Drake", while he performed in Australia. Drake toured around Australia for the first time over the past 10 days performing headline shows in Australia and New Zealand as well as performing as the Headline show for Future Music Festival. He has completed some top hit collaborations with other well known artists including Beyonce, Jay Z, Rhianna and Kanye West and only last month scored his 72nd Billboard Hot 100 entry - overtaking The Beatles.

    Working as Drake's physiotherapist definitely included some perks where Julia was able to watch the show from the VIP front of stage area with 2 friends whilst he was performing at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. From all reports he was lovely to work with

  • European Ballet Tour - Peta Steller

    In November and December 2014, one of our physiotherapists Peta travelled to Europe to get her physio fix for all things ballet. She travelled as physio with dancers from the Northern Territory's Ballet Company, taking the opportunity to connect with the health teams of various European dance companies and full-time dance schools.

  • 2015 Imparja Cup - Gordon Pritchard

    Gordon Pritchard (physio) recently travelled as physio to the Men & Ladies Victorian Cricket Squads for the 2015 Imparja Cup - National Indigenous Cricket Tournament. He has kindly provided us with an update.