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 provided physiotherapy services to netballers from grass-roots to international levels for over two decades.
We were physiotherapists for the Sydney Swifts from 1998 to 2007 in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy competition and were the physiotherapists for the NSW Swifts for the ANZ (Trans-Tasman) championship from 2008-2016. Sean Mungovan, Paula Peralta and Daniel Vukovic provided the Physiotherapy services for the NSW Swifts throughout the ANZ Championship. Paula provided physiotherapy services for the first year of the Suncorp Super Netball Competition for the NSW Swifts in 2017.
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).
Paula Peralta worked with the Australian Diamonds in 2015 in the lead-up to Netball World Cup. She recently worked with the Australian Fast Five Netball team in 2018 and worked with the Australian Diamonds on the 2019 Quad Series January UK Tour.
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 25 years including:
- administering first aid
- preventative taping
- acute injury assessment, management and advice
- ankle guard fittings
- extensive screening (including individualized feedback to athlete, parents and coaches) for the junior representative players
For us, working with netball at a local level is just as important and rewarding as working with Australian Diamonds.
We provide yearly extensive screening for the representative teams for Penrith District Netball Association from a risk reduction perspective.
We provide physiotherapy services for Penrith District Netball Association at State Age Championships and State Championships, including education (and practical) sessions for junior teams before the State Age Championships on taping and self-management strategies including massage.
Panthers Premier League Netball 2016
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 Netball NSW Premier League.
Currently, Stephanie Leeson (nee Randall) is leading our Panthers Physiotherapy team of Allan Kent and Keiren Jurkovic (all from our Penrith rooms) in providing physiotherapy services. This appointment emphasises our commitment to providing sports coverage services to all levels of netball from the grassroots up to the elite athletes.
In 2018 we commenced working with the Norwest Rugby Bulls. The Norwest Bulls are a Junior Rugby Union club based at Alwyn Lindfield Reserve in Glenwood.
Norwest Orthopaedic & Sports Physiotherapy provides sideline first aid and run-on physiotherapy services for the Bulls. This includes administering first aid and injury assessment, management and advice. Norwest Bulls field teams from under 6 through to under 17 in the 15 per side competition, and also have two all-girl sevens teams competing at under 12s and under 15s levels.
Stephanie Leeson (nee Randall) from our Penrith rooms has worked with NSW Softball U19’s women team who were victorious at the National Championships in 2018.
Stephanie continues a tradition of Softball NSW Physiotherapy provision from our practice.
Stephanie Leeson (nee Randall) worked with at the Asia Pacific Cup in 2018 with the Australian team.
We offer physiotherapy services specifically for dancers. This is lead by our Dance Physiotherapist Lisa Pagano (Blacktown rooms).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 (from our Blacktown and Penrith rooms) has been the team physiotherapist for many rugby league teams over the years:
- 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 has an extensive understanding of the game.
Paula Peralta has worked with the Emerging Opals Basketball Team at World University Games and on international tours. She worked previously with the Australian Gems (U19’s women’s team) and the Australian Gliders (women’s wheelchair basketball team).
Paralympic Sports Involvement
Paula Peralta 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 for a one-off camp. She worked with the Australian under 25s women’s wheelchair basketball team at 2011 World Championships 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.
Paula was part of the Australian Medical Headquarters Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
(Westmead and Blacktown rooms) worked with the Australian Team at the Deaflympics in 2017.
Over the years, our team at Sydney West Physio have covered events for Swimming NSW, Swimming Australia, Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Youth Games, Western Sydney Wanderers, Nepean FC, and Netball NSW Teams.
For enquiries about our Sports Coverage services, please contact our Penrith clinic.