Sydney Football Injury Unit

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 Young Socceroos, the Western Sydney Wanderers, 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

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

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 Junior Matilda’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 and the 2015 Netball World Cup.  

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.

https://shiresportsmedicine.com.au/

Kieran Rooney

APA Sports & Exercise 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 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).

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

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. And in 2020 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.

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 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 physiotherapist to the Australian Joeys (u17s).

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 specialty in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of lumbar-pelvic and hip region injuries assists footballers to recover from chronic and lingering pains and to optimise performance and injury reduction during their sporting careers.

James Pearce

Physiotherapist

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.

Ryan Quintano

Podiatrist

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.

http://southernsportspodiatry.com.au/

More Practitioners To Be Announced Soon

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Level 1/191 Taren Point Rd (opposite McDonald’s)
Caringbah, NSW 2229
Call: (02) 9540 9400

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12 Freya St (opposite Kareela Shopping Village)
Kareela, NSW 2232
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