We provide comprehensive and professional physiotherapy services to athletes and sporting teams, from local grass-roots organisations right through to NSW State and national athletes and representative teams. Members of our team are APA Sports Physiotherapists and preferred providers with the NSW Institute of Sport.
NSW Swifts and Australian Netball Diamonds
The practice has formed a close association with Netball Australia, and provides physiotherapy services to netballers from grass-roots to international levels.
We were physiotherapists for the Sydney Swifts from 1998 to 2007, and have been the physiotherapists for the NSW Swifts since the inaugural ANZ (trans-tasman) championship in 2008. Our principal physiotherapist, Sean Mungovan, was physiotherapist for the Australian Netball Diamonds from 2005 to 2011, including the 2007 World Championship Team (Auckland – NZ), the 2010 Commonwealth Games (Delhi) and the World Championship winning team in 2011 (Singapore).
Physiotherapists from all our practices work and travel with state and national youth representative teams.
Penrith District Netball
We are proud as our association with local netball associations in Western Sydney. Our Practice has provided Physiotherapy support for the Penrith District Netball Association for approximately 14 years including:
- administering first aid
- preventative taping
- acute injury assessment and management
- ankle guard fittings
For us, working with netball at a local level is just as important and rewarding as working with the NSW Swifts in the ANZ Championships.
We provide physiotherapy services for Penrith District Netball Association at State Age Championships and State Championships, including education sessions for junior teams before the State Age Championships on taping and self-management strategies including massage.
Panthers Premier League Netball
Furthering our relationship with Penrith District Netball Association, we are excited to continue our journey with them by providing physiotherapy services for the Panthers Premier League Netball team in the inaugural Netball NSW Premier League.
Currently Nathanial Harnett and Stephanie Randall, from our Penrith rooms look after the team. This appointment emphasises our commitment to providing sports coverage services to all levels of netball from the grassroots up to the elite athletes.
Nathanial Harnett from our Penrith rooms has been appointed as the physiotherapist for Softball Australia’s Open Women’s team for their upcoming tour of the USA and Canada for the XI World Cup and 15th WBSC Women’s World Softball Championship. This is an exciting time in the softball community as we await the decision of whether or not Softball will be included at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Danielle White, from our Blacktown rooms, and Nathanial Harnett, from our Penith rooms, provided physiotherapy services for the Softball NSW u/17s and u/19s teams at their respective national tournaments in 2016.
Fortunately enough both teams came away with the Gold medal.
We offer physiotherapy services specifically for dancers. These include:
- individual assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for dance-related injuries
- tertiary dance screening assessments required for entry into tertiary dance institutions, and
- pre-pointe assessments
The Pre-Pointe Assessment
The transition from demi-pointe onto pointe is an exciting and challenging time in a dancer’s career. The readiness to safely meet the challenges of progressing onto pointe is dependent on the dancer’s age, maturity and a comprehensive physical assessment.
A pre-pointe assessment consists of the evaluation of:
- postural control including abdominal core stability
- lower limb joint range of motion including turnout
- dance related lower limb and foot strength measures
- dance specific functional control including depth of plie and control of releve
- previous and existing injuries
The pre-pointe assessment may indicate that a dancer is not ready to immediately progress safely onto pointe. In this situation a series of exercises is prescribed to address any strength or postural control deficits. A follow up appointment is then arranged to reassess the dancer’s readiness for pointe training. For dancers ready to progress to pointe, this screening is an excellent way to help identify areas of weakness, and ensures that they are dancing at their best without placing themselves at undue injury risk of injury.
Kieran Lorraine, a physiotherapist from our Blacktown and Penrith rooms has been the team physiotherapist for:
- Cumberland Rugby League Football Club NSW Tertiary League (2006 to Present)
- NSW Universities State of Origin (2012)
- NSW Tertiary vs. New Zealand Universities Game (2007)
- NSW Universities Rugby League State of Origin (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012)
- NSW Tertiary 2 game tour of Japan involving 2 games against the Japanese national side (2007)
- ARL Junior Kangaroos Tour, which included internationals against FIJI, Tonga and New Zealand (2007)
- NSW City side in the annual NSW Tertiary League City vs. Country game
Kieran has played rugby league himself for many years and love the sport.
Our Practice is proud to have a relationship with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). This includes providing physiotherapy coverage to the AIS Basketball and Soccer/Football teams for competitions within Australia and internationally.
Paralympic Sports Involvement
Paula Peralta, a senior physiotherapist from our Penrith rooms, has been involved in providing sports coverage for a diverse range of Paralympic sports for a number of years. Paula’s involvement began with the coverage of the Australian Gliders (women’s wheelchair basketball team) for a one-off camp. She then worked with the Australian under 25s women’s wheelchair basketball team in the preparation and competition phases of World Championships which were held in Canada in 2011 where the team were thrilled to win a silver medal. Since then Paula has enjoyed the opportunity to work with athletes and teams from wheelchair basketball, track and field, goalball, shooting and boccia.
For enquiries about our Sports Coverage services, please contact our Penrith clinic.
T: 02 4721 5788
F: 02 4721 5790