Summer is just around the corner with only 12 weeks to go! It is important to slowly increase intensity in your training sessions and avoid going too hard too quick. Now that spring is here, we have a few tips to help you:

Benefits of stretching –

Stretching is incredibly important for our bodies to actively recover from each session. If our muscles are sore and tired, we have less blood flow to areas that need it the most, making it harder to move again. Stretching ideas consist of foam rolling, ballistic stretching and warming up the muscles you wish to train by using a lighter weight or body weight. Stretching can:

  1. Increase your flexibility and range of motion – being able to squat that little bit deeper
  2. Increases blood flow to your muscles
  3. Enhance performance – increase coordination and balance to help keep your body stabilised and less prone to injuries

Outside exercise ideas –

Now with this beautiful sunny weather, why not get your bodies moving outside and enjoy with the family? Not all exercise regimes need to be done with equipment and high intensity, or strength work. Here are some ideas to enjoy the weather and take some time to enjoy nature:

  • Riverwalk/run
  • Knapsack stairs
  • Regatta centre – walk/run/bike ride
  • Most importantly, take in the sunshine!

How our sports injury and screening can benefit you this spring:

While we turn our intensity up for spring to get us ready for the summer season, here is how our screening can benefit YOU:

  • The musculoskeletal injury screening is a service that we provide to help identify your injury prone areas or areas that limit your athletic performance
  • Individual assessments that we perform can provide you with a detailed report of the findings we have discovered.

But that’s not all! After the screening, our Physiotherapists will provide you with your own detailed rehabilitation program to target those areas of improvement identified during your screening.

Our physiotherapists work with each client individually to reach their own potential to get them fighting fit and back to their usual regime faster. We are fully equipped with years of experience in our different Physios in our team, with differing qualifications and knowledge to get you back faster.

Contact the practice for an assessment today on (02) 4721 7798, by emailing info@progressiverehab.com.au or making a booking online, here.

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.