Upcoming ESSA Accredited Shoulder Course



Are struggling with shoulder rehab? The shoulder is one of the toughest joints to program for due to it’s large range of motion and inherent instability. If you are interested in understanding the shoulder from and anatomical and functional point of view then book in for our shoulder course.

Check out our course on the ESSA Website using the link below:


No other course like it in Brisbane… you will cover:

  1. Revision of functional shoulder anatomy
  2. Principles behind exercise selection and programming
  3. How to practically address the role of client differential and diagnostic tests in programming, through client case studies
  4. Confidently identify and program for shoulder dysfunction.



Dates: 13 April 2019
15 June 2019

Time: 8am – 4:30pm

Content: Advanced Exercise Selection for the Shoulder

Early Bird – book before 15th March                                                        Standard Rate
Members $212.50                                                                                            Members $250
Non-Members $275                                                                                         Non-members $325
Other $340                                                                                                        Other $400
Student Members $170                                                                                  Student Members $200
Student Non-Members $225                                                                         Student Non-Members $250

If you are interested call 3356 9119 or email us at [email protected] to book in!

Medial Knee Pain in Dancers with Sami Gurdon – Part 2 – Exercise Interventions

Shot of a sportswoman being helped with a knee injury

In part 2 of our video series we take a more in depth look at exercise interventions and progressions for medial knee pain in dancers. We also address the issue of keeping the dancer active whilst rehabbing knee pain as often their rehearsal and performance schedules simply do not allow rest.

Topics covered:

00:06 – Exercise Interventions for medial knee pain in dancers

00:26 – Phase 1 – Muscle Activation

1:25 – Phase 1 – Muscle Activation – Example Exercises

2:42 – Phase 2 – Compound Muscle Strength

3:33 – Phase 3 – Compound Strength with introduction of depth work & end range strength

4:22 – Rotational based movement & advanced proprioception exercises

6:08 – Conditioning Program – Upper Body Exercises

7:25 – Conditioning Program – Lower Body Exercises

Medial Knee Pain in Dancers with Sami Gurdon – Part 1



In this video series by our Exercise Physiologist Sami Gurdon we examine the unique issues faced by dancers that can result in medial knee pain and discuss how this can be rectified with an appropriately constructed exercise intervention.

In dancers we find that the development of medial knee pain is usually caused by their excessive ranges of motion and lack of strength at end ranges of motion. In contrast to this we find that in general populations medial pain can more likely be attributed to muscular tension (in adductors, sartorius etc) and instability due to muscle imbalances and poor force dynamics.

Rehabbing medial knee pain in elite dancers poses a couple of issues – we need to rehab the underlying issues of the knee pain, take into consideration the fact that in most cases their volume of training will not stop and also ensure we take active measures to ensure that we maintain fitness, flexibility and mobility as well as proprioception and balance.

0:40 – Causes of medial knee pain in general populations

1:10 – Causes of medial knee pain in dancers

1:32 – Dancers – Strengths vs Weaknesses

2:32 – Occupational postures in dancers

See part 2 in this series for a more in depth look at exercise interventions and progressions for medial knee pain in dancers.

Important ACL Rehabilitation Facts

ACL Rehabilitation Facts

ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) rupture is the most common major knee injury in football. Rehabilitation and prevention related to re-rupture are extremely important. End stage ACL rehabilitation from reconstructions should be programmed according to your chosen sport.  Seeking advice from a qualified health professional is highly recommended.

Check out the video below


Hydrotherapy also known as aquatic therapy, is a specialised modality of exercise that is performed in a heated therapeutic pool. The varying properties of water are used to benefit the client by enhancing exercise capabilities and by modifying the intensity of movements. The buoyancy of the water allows improved movement and decreases pressure on joints (particularly weight bearing) both of which improve the ability to perform exercise. While the increased temperature of the water helps promote circulation, flexibility and range of motion (ROM) while aiding in decreasing swelling.

There are many benefits to taking part in hydrotherapy including but not limited to:

      • -An increased range of motion in joints

      • -Aiding in increased circulation
      • -Strengthening weakened muscles
      • -Improved balance and co-ordination
      • -The ability to initiate the rehabilitation process sooner for a swifter recovery
      • -The reduction of pain


There are a multitude of conditions that can benefit from hydrotherapy, such as:

    • -Osteoarthritis
    • -Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia
    • -Lower Back Pain (LBP)
    • -Ankylosing Spondylitis
    • -Parkinson’s Disease
    • -Stroke
    • -Cerebral Palsy
    • -Sports Injuries/Rehabilitation
    • -Orthopaedic surgery

As with most forms of exercise there are certain circumstances in which hydrotherapy is potentially unsuitable. The most predominant circumstances are:

    • -Pregnancy
    • -Open wounds
    • -Diabetes with neuropathy
    • -Seizures

What to expect during a session with one of our qualified exercise physiologists:

      • -Sessions are normally conducted in a warm therapeutic or heated pool with a temperature of at least 32°C.
      • -The pool used is approximately 1.2m deep. This means that you don’t necessarily need to be able to swim when partaking in hydrotherapy sessions.
      • -Initial consults will be tailored to each client’s needs and abilities.
      • -Hydrotherapy sessions can be used independently or complementary to land based treatments


    For more information watch the video below.

    If you would like any further information or have any questions in regards to hydrotherapy, please contact the clinic.

Single Leg Exercise Selection

Exercise selection can be difficult when trying to deliver various results. In both rehab and strength and conditioning there are a multitude of exercises we can use to target various programming goals. It is important to understand why we would select a single leg exercise (unilateral) compared to a double leg exercise (bilateral). The first thing we need to think about is the purpose of our program. This video helps us to understand from both a rehab perspective and a sports specific context why we would use a single leg exercise over a double leg exercise. This is crucial when we look at specific rehab or strength and conditioning goals.

For more videos of Lisa click below:


Will Holland START Training

Get to know Will Holland our Exercise Physiologist completing his introduction video at START Training. Explaining his role within the company, while discussing his areas of focus. Will’s specific interests are strength and conditioning for team sports, with special focus on soccer, and working with adolescents.


Power Development 3.0

Power Programming/ Power Development 3.0

Following on from power development 1.0 and 2.0, this video looks at the practical application of power programming. When an athlete is moving into a power development phase, it’s important to consider 3 main things:

  1. Force output vs. ROM
  2. Vertical or horizontal plane
  3. Time Frame

When programming for power development it takes a phase of 10-12 weeks to see physiological adaptation. So it’s important to structure your programming at the correct time of off season so the athlete has appropriate time to adapt. Starting power development when the athlete is moving into pre-season is going to be inefficient and disrupt the athletes competitive season.

Watch this video to see some great practical application of exercises for power development so that your athletes get the most out of their performance.

Check out power development 1.0 or 2.0 for the basics of power development:


Strength for Runners, Jumpers and Throwers

This video by our Senior Exercise Physiologist Lisa Campbell explains the importance of strength for runners, jumpers and throwers. Strength and conditioning in track and field is often quite reactive especially through adolescence.

There are 6 main points we look at when track and field athletes come in for strength and conditioning.

  1. Pelvic Stability
  2. Force Transfer
  3. Motor Coordination
  4. Strength Foundation
  5. Injury Prevention
  6. Load Management

Depending on the athlete’s specific events, the individual aspects of the program will vary, but these are the main areas of focus. Growth related injuries such as Osgood Schlatters are often a concern with growing track and field athletes and load management is key in preventing injury. Having a periodised strength program is important to both improve performance and manage the biomechanical stress placed on the body.

Check out other videos completed by Lisa Campbell: