Rehabilitating Sporting Injuries

No one wants to suffer a serious injury playing the sport they love but unfortunately, it’s a reality for many. From Olympic athletes, to local sport participants alike, a serious sports injury has the potential to impact your quality of life.

The most common response we hear in the clinic is, “we want to return to sport as soon as possible”. Who wouldn’t? Not only do we strive to ensure our clients return safely to their sport sooner rather than later, we ensure they leave educated about their injury site and instil knowledge that they can take with them to prevent the injury re-occurring in the future.

Some of the most common sports injuries that we rehabilitate are:

– Post-operative injuries
– Acute & chronic musculoskeletal injuries
– Sprains & strains
– Meniscus tears
– Tendonitis & bursists
– Breaks & fractures

Here at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy, we use a hands-on, multidisciplinary approach for when it comes to rehabilitating our patients in conjunction with exercise based rehabilitation to gradually build strength and to get you back to your pre-injury status.

Our rehabilitation plans are tailored to each of our patients depending on their individual needs and requirements with our core focus to get them back on the sporting field as soon as it’s safe to do so. Sport specific exercises and training are also utilised to progress each patient’s return to their chosen sport sooner.

Rehabilitating your sporting injury can be a tough journey, not only physically but mentally. It’s important to remember and to draw inspiration from even some of the world’s most elite athletes who have endured a similar process.

Take for example Olympic gymnast Samir Ait Said who suffered a horrific broken leg whilst competing a tricky manoeuvre. Through the help of intense physiotherapy & rehabilitation he has come a very long way and is now back in action. Click the link to watch his inspirational road to recovery here:

At Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy, we’re passionate about getting you back to doing what you love on the sporting field sooner. If you’d like further information about our rehabilitation programs or would like to book an initial assessment, get in touch with the clinic today on (02) 4721 7798 or email

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.