Why Netballers Benefit From Physio

One of Penrith’s most loved sports is Netball and the season is just about to kick off. Those early Saturday morning starts and netball gala days are just upon us. Netball as a sport is considered relatively fast paced, high intensity and involves rapid change of direction, jumping and landing movements.

This is why it’s common for regular players of netball to see a physiotherapist on a regular basis. This helps to keep them injury free and on top of their game, all season long.

Although Netball is considered a ‘non-contact sport’, it actually provides a great deal of high-risk injuries to players especially related to knees and ankles.

Knee Injuries –

The most common knee injuries that we regularly see come through the doors at Progressive are:

  • Knee bursitis
  • Ligament damage including ACL injuries
  • Inflammation of the joint/surrounding joints
  • Dislocated kneecap
  • Arthritis in the knee

Ankle injuries – 

Ankle injuries are very common especially in Netball as players are constantly on their feet and changing directions.  If you have a weak ankle or have suffered a minor sprain (rolled ankle) or have fractured your ankle, all rehabilitation journeys are different and require a specific list of exercises prescribed by physiotherapists to get you back into the game faster! Some of the most common ankle injuries we see are:

  • Rolled ankle
  • Severe ankle sprains
  • Broken or fractured ankle
  • Tendonitis

For those prone to ankle injuries or who experience ongoing ankle niggles, it’s highly recommended to invest in an ankle brace to protect yourself from a classic, yet potentially dangerous ankle roll during a game.

At Progressive, our netballer clients benefit from the use of the high-end Game Ready Med 4 Elite system that offers more benefits than traditional, passive RICE applications, working dynamically to help netballers recover sooner from injuries. The revolutionary Med4 Elite System incorporates four proven therapeutic modalities to help people return to their best as soon as possible after injury.

If you have suffered a netball injury or play netball regularly, we recommend regular visits to a professional Physiotherapist to keep you going strong all season.

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.