Sydney Football Injury Unit


Sydney Football Injury Unit

The Sydney Football Injury Unit is a collaboration of sports doctors, health professionals and coaches with extensive experience and expertise in the diagnosis and management of all forms of football injuries. Through research, education and team associations, our practitioners have developed an understanding of the demands of football sports. We have a particular interest in football injury rehabilitation and are able to provide players with the highest standard of care and the quickest road to recovery.

Each member of the team has a proven record of success in working with footballers from grass roots to the international level.  Our practitioners have been involved with sporting teams from every level of competition including the Socceroos, the Olyroos,  the Young Socceroos, the Western Sydney Wanderers, Sydney FC, JEF United (Japan), Fulham FC (UK), the St. George Illawarra Dragons, the NSW Waratahs and the ARU Wallabies.

We are committed to providing excellence in football injury management and rehabilitation to everyone, from the elite athlete to members of the general public.  Where necessary and appropriate we are able to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to management enabling the most optimal outcomes for our patients.

If you have a soccer football injury and require an accurate diagnosis, investigations to be arranged as soon as possible, evidence based treatment and a comprehensive football rehabilitation program then contact the Sydney Football Injury Unit based at Jubilee Sports Physiotherapy.

Mark Milligan

Former Australian Socceroos Captain.

B-Licence coach & A-League assistant coach.

Milligan Football Academy allows Mark Milligan the opportunity to share his knowledge of football – acquired over his decorated 19 year playing career – directly with the next generation of talent.
Located in the Sutherland Shire, Milligan Football Academy is a concept conceived, planned, and executed completely by Mark. The academy setup facilitates all aspects of player training including gym, indoor pitch and Icon Skill Arena. 
Along with his wealth of experience as Socceroo’s captain, A – League champion and from his international club career, Mark also brings formal qualifications as B- Licence coach and A- League assistant coach.

Dr Mark Jones

Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician

FA National Teams Head of Medical Services

Dr Mark Jones graduated from Sydney University in1984 and became a consultant Doctor specialising in sporting and musculoskeletal injuries. He won the Australasian College of Sports Physicians Medal in obtaining Sports Medicine Specialty Fellowship in 1994.

Dr Jones’ own sporting background involved distance running at an international level, including representing Australia at the World University Cross-Country Championships in Italy, 1988. His passion for track field followed him during his early career where he was the team doctor for a number of representative State and National Track and Field teams, including the Oceania (Australia/New Zealand) team at the 1998 Athletics World Cup, South Africa.

In 1987, Dr Jones was appointed the Team Doctor to the former Illawarra Steelers and went on to continue his role with the St. George Illawarra Dragons in National Rugby League competition until 2002.

In 1998 he changed football codes and became Team Doctor to the Wollongong Wolves in the National Soccer League for 7 years, assisting them to 2 NSL championship titles.

In 2006, Dr Jones was appointed Head Doctor to the Australian Socceroos, a role which continues to involve his attendance at all matches and training sessions, both domestic and internationally,  and in 2012 he was appointed club doctor to the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club in their inaugural A- League season.

More recently in 2014, Dr Jones was appointed Head of Medical Services to Football Australia.

Dr Brandi Cole

Specialist Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician

FA National Teams Sports Doctor

Dr Brandi Cole is a Specialist Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician having gained fellowship of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians in 2019. During her speciality training, Brandi also completed a PhD on optimising the management of rotator cuff dysfunction, having completed both a medical degree and a physiotherapy degree prior to that.

Brandi is the current team doctor for the Sydney Roosters NRL Team, the Matildas (Australian Women’s Football Team) and the Sydney FC W League Football Team. She is the Touring Team Doctor with Australian Oztag and has provided medical coverage at major Australian CrossFit Championships since 2012. She has previously worked with numerous rugby union teams, both male and female in 15’s and 7’s and has provided medical services at many high level sporting events in the past including athletics at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 Netball World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with the Matildas.

Brandi consults on all musculoskeletal injuries, acute and chronic, in all ages and levels of sporting participation. She has interest and experience in managing all aspects of performance during elite competition including jetlag management, fatigue, sleep, nutrition and relative energy deficiency, as well as managing medical conditions related to or produced by participation in physical activity. Additionally, Brandi has a special interest in the female athlete, the young athlete and acute and chronic football injuries.

Brandi has personal experience as an elite athlete, being the former captain of the Australian Women’s Oztag Team, of which she was a member from 2001 – 2017. She has also played both touch and hockey for NSW in the past and was an Australian and World Gold Medallist in Beach Sprint Relay in Surf Life Saving.

Brandi is a mother of two children and has a special interest in exercise for health during pregnancy and the post partum period for both recreational and elite athletes. She is passionate about managing conditions related to the female athlete, the young athlete and acute and chronic football injuries.

Kieran Rooney

APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

FA National Teams Physiotherapist

Kieran has over 25 years of musculoskeletal and sports related physiotherapy experience. He graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours in 1993. Kieran has lectured extensively to sports physicians, physiotherapists, coaches and athletes on a variety of topics relating to injuries and effective injury management throughout Australia and abroad.

Kieran has had extensive experience with sporting teams and associations at all levels of competition and in a variety of sports; including six seasons as head physiotherapist to the St George Dragons Rugby League FC in the NRL, and physiotherapist to the Cronulla Sharks Rugby League FC, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Rugby League FC and the Sydney Kings in the NBL. Kieran’s regular clientele include multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallists and members of both the Australian Cricket team and Australian Socceroos squad. He remains a long standing accredited service provider to the New South Wales Institute of Sport as a physiotherapist, working with the state’s elite athletes and coaches.

As a keen footballer himself, having played at state level for a number of years, Kieran has a particular interest in football related rehabilitation and injury management. He has been the head physiotherapist and rehabilitation coordinator to the Sutherland Sharks FC since 2006 in the NSW Premier League.

In 2013, Kieran was appointed as a touring physiotherapist to Football Australia. Since this time he has worked with the Socceroos, Olyroos and Young Socceroos. He is currently the head physiotherapist to the Olyroos (Australian U23 Men’s Football Team), attending the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with the squad.

In July 2013, he attended the EAFF East Asian Cup with the 1st Grade squad in Seoul, Korea.

He is a founding member and executive committee member of the NSW Football Medicine Association which aims to improve player welfare in all levels of football.

Michael Gabriel

APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

ESSA Accredited High Performance Manager

FA National Teams Physiotherapist

Michael Gabriel graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2000 and was awarded First Class Honours and the University Medal. Michael’s research on sports stretching featured in the British Medical Journal and the Australian Journal of Physiotherapy. In 2019 he was awarded the title of an APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist.

In 2020 Michael completed the requirements of Level 2 ASCA Strength and Conditioning Coach, with his paper on the management of tendinopathies being selected for publication in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. And in 2021 he was awarded the accreditation of High Performance Manager by ESSA.

In 2002, Michael moved to the UK where he took up an appointment as a physiotherapist with Fulham FC for three seasons in the English Premier League. During this time he worked with leading British authorities in the field of medicine and rehabilitation.

As a keen footballer and football enthusiast himself, Michael has a particular interest in football related injury management and rehabilitation. His appointment at Fulham FC helped pave his way into the NSW Premier League where he has been the head physiotherapist and rehabilitation coordinator to the Sutherland Sharks FC since 2006.

In 2013, Michael was appointed by Football Australia (FA) to assist in the coverage of the Australian Olyroos (u23s), Young Socceroos (u20s), Joeys (u17s) and Pararoos. In addition, he was selected to tour with Sydney FC Academy to Japan in 2016. More recently, Michael was appointed by the FA as touring physiotherapist to the Joeys (Australia’s u17s Men’s Football Team).

He is a founding member and executive committee member of the NSW Football Medicine Association which aims to improve player welfare in all levels of football.

Michael’s special interest in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of lumbar-pelvic and hip region injuries and recalcitrant hamstring pathologies, assists footballers to recover from chronic and lingering pains and to optimise performance and injury reduction during their sporting careers.

James Pearce


James Pearce graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2008. He joined Jubilee Sports Physiotherapy in 2010. James has an enthusiasm for football and football related rehabilitation and injury management stemming from 25+ years playing football, including 6 years of playing in the NSW Premier Leagues. James also spent a number of years playing in the NSW Futsal Premier League and has been selected in both the NSW and Australian Representative teams.

James has been a physiotherapist to the Sutherland Sharks FC in the NSW Premier League since 2010 working with both youth and senior squads.

James toured China with the Central Coast Mariners youth squads in 2010.In 2019, James was appointed by Football Australia (FA) to assist in the coverage of the Australian Futsalroos. He also travelled to the Netherlands with Sydney FC’s youth academy in the same year.

Having suffered a right knee ACL rupture in 2016 and subsequently undergoing the 12-month rehabilitation process to return to football, James has a passion to not only help rehabilitate those with ACL reconstructions but also implement prevention strategies.

Jason Skyllas


Jason graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science in 2012. In 2015 he completed postgraduate studies at Macquarie University and was awarded a Doctor of Physiotherapy. His research paper: ‘The effectiveness of physical therapies for patients with base of thumbosteoarthritis: Systematic review and meta-analysis’ was published in the Journal of Musculoskeletal Science and Practice.

Jason has a keen interest in sports related injury management, which stems from years of participating in numerous sporting teams. He is a past representative of West Sydney Berries in the NSW Premier League and he currently plays for the Kirrawee Kangaroos PL1 side, in the Sutherland Shire Football Association league and in the associated State Cup competition.  His passion for football extends into his professional career as he held the position as of Head Youth Physiotherapist for Sutherland Sharks FC in the NSW Premier League between 2015 – 2020, which has also involved the successful implementation of injury prevention, strength and conditioning and FIFA 11+ warm ups, as well as working closely with injury management and rehabilitation of the senior squads.

More recently Jason was appointed Physiotherapist for Sydney FC in the 2020-2021 A-League Season. He has also gained valuable musculoskeletal and sporting experience working as a physiotherapist for the NRL Referees, St George FC in the NSW Premier League, Football NSW at State Titles competitions and as a volunteer physio at Hakuba Physio, Japan, where he gained valuable experience in acute snow sports related injury.

Ryan Quintano


Ryan Quintano is a podiatrist with over 15 years’ experience having graduated from the University of Western Sydney in 2005.

He played football for many years into adulthood competing in the Sutherland Shire’s Premier League for a number of years. Looking for a new challenge, Ryan took up triathlon in his late twenties competing at a high level in all distances, including completing four Ironmans.

Drawing on his own injury history, Ryan began to understand that the body is an amazing, complex piece of engineering. He works on the premise that no two injuries are ever the same, and therefore the path to rehabilitation will not be the same for any two individuals.

More recently he has consulted to the Cronulla Sharks NRL and St George Illawarra NRL Teams. At a community level Ryan works with athletes from a variety of sports including, football, triathlons, netball, track and field, endurance running, hockey and AFL. He also has a strong affiliation with Cronulla and Engadine Triathlon Clubs, as well as a number of local running clubs and personal trainers.

Ryan has a passion for triathlon and managing triathlon and running related injuries, correcting biomechanical abnormalities, and designing and manufacturing foot orthoses. He has an intimate knowledge of footwear with a focus on fit, function, comfort and surface interaction.

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Bart Favaloro
Bart Favaloro
05:52 06 Nov 23
Highly experienced and competent Physios at Jubilee Sports Physiotherapy. The whole family have been seeing Keiran Rooney for approx 15 years and always receive thorough analysis of injuries and appropriate treatment.
Corinne Favaloro
Corinne Favaloro
04:09 02 Nov 23
I have been attending Jubilee physio, on and off, for many years.In fact three generations of my family are presently receiving treatment there. I have had several of the physiotherapist at Jubilee work on different problems and have found them all to be professional, knowledgeable and very caring in their treatment.
Nicole Di noia
Nicole Di noia
22:19 01 Nov 23
Thorough, professional and passionate team of physiotherapists.
Steve Chidgey
Steve Chidgey
02:04 04 Jul 23
The the treatment I received for injury was first class. Caring, knowledgeable and highly professional. The electronic home exercising provided to me showed me the required exercises so I was not let to a piece of papers directing me. Loved the app. This physio is the best I have used. Highly recommended.
Margaret Peace
Margaret Peace
01:29 01 Jul 23
I have attended Jubilee Physiotherapy for many years and have always had a positive experience. The staff are professional and knowledgeable. I always feel comfortable and safe in their care.My therapist, Samuel Leslie, knew exactly how to treat my new neck issue. As a result, I have made a very good recovery.
Angelina Mastoris
Angelina Mastoris
23:09 01 Mar 23
The guys at Jubilee are amazing! Been going for a couple years and each time I’ve had a great experience. Massive shout out and thanks to our team Physio Sam for helping me with my rehab and recovery. He’s helped improve my overall game and has made me stronger than before. He’s a legend. Would highly recommend, overall fantastic experience!
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