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

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

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, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.