Research shows that returning to sport following an extended lay-off is a risk factor for soft tissue and bony overuse injuries, especially if training load is not increased in a gradual fashion. Sudden increases in physical activity should be minimised to assist in injury prevention. Check out our framework (click on link below) to help your reintroduction back into the sports you love.Please get in touch if you need any guidance! Return to Training Framework RSP
Regent Street Physiotherapist owner Dr Craig Boettcher has been working with colleagues from Swimming Australia to develop a land based strength program targeted specifically for the needs and goals of swimmers.
Many swimmers do basic body weight training on the pool deck, but are missing the performance benefits and injury prevention that can be gained from a strength based program. Swimming occurs in a gravity minimised environment and loads some joints unevenly. This can lead to asymmetry and weakness in some muscle groups. A strength program with basic gym equipment, performed 2-3 times per week can improve all-round strength for the major joints. What better time to get started then when the pools are currently closed due to Covid-19.
The program has various levels of difficulty so that it can cater to a board spectrum of athletic backgrounds, and has specific instructions for safe age-appropriate strength training.
Click on this link to view the program in PDF format: Swim-land program PDF
The program is designed to be a stepping stone to interaction with Strength & Conditioning Coaches, who play a crucial role in developing athletes to reach their peak performance. Craig would like to acknowledge Brett Slocombe, Scott Dickinson & Mark Osborne for their contributions to the programs development.
Please share this program amongst your fish-like friends. If you would like any guidance or advice on implementing a strength program specific to your needs or injury concerns please do not hesitate to contact us in the practice on 4950 9805.
”Is the normal shoulder rotation strength ratio altered in elite swimmers” – journal article written by Craig Boettcher et al
Click on the link below to read the journal article ”Is the Normal Shoulder Rotation Strength Ratio Altered in Elite Swimmers” published in the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal. The article was written by Craig Boettcher, Mark Halaki, Kylie Holt and Karen Ginn.
What an achievement!! 🏆 Jason English has been inducted into the Mountain Bike Australia Hall of Fame! The Hall of Fame recognises the outstanding performances and achievements in the sport of mountain biking at the very elite level. Jason English receives this award for repeated success at international events including an incredible 7 x 24hr event World Titles 🥇 🏆
At this stage Regent Street Physiotherapy is continuing to see patients in the clinic. However, in response to the Covid-19 situation we would like to let you know that we are now offering Telehealth physiotherapy consultations.
What are the benefits of Telehealth?
Evidence has suggested that video consultations are cost effective, safe and well received. The introduction of telehealth has allowed patients to continue or commence management while maintaining social distancing.
What should you expect during a Telehealth consult?
The structure of a telehealth consultation runs much the same as a standard physiotherapy consultation. The subjective assessment is an opportunity for you to tell the therapist about your symptoms, goals and limitations. The therapist will be gathering information from you, and carrying out an objective assessment that may include observation of posture, range of movement and analysis of functional tasks. The physiotherapist will give you advice and specific exercises to address your specific limitations and work towards your goals. We are using an application called PhysiApp that is free to our clients. Through this technology, you will receive videos and instructions with your management plan, and an interface to interact with your physiotherapist throughout. Our Physiotherapists are able to provide medical certificates, referrals and liaise with your other treating professionals (GP, specialist, coach, exercise physiologist) as required.
How do I access Telehealth?
You can call our reception staff on 49509805 to discuss or book a telehealth consultation. Our physiotherapist will be happy to speak to you to determine your suitability for telehealth or to answer any questions you may have. Once booked, you will be sent an email invitation with information on how to set up the PhysiApp for your appointment. At the time of your appointment your physiotherapist will call you to commence the consult. The technology solution we are using is secure, encrypted and compliant.
How long is a consult and how much does it cost?
Initial consultation (new injury or new patient) is 60 minutes.
A standard consultation is 30 minutes.
Private patients: Private Health funds are in discussion with the Australian Physiotherapy Association and NSW Health to establish protocols around Telehealth implementation. This is a quickly evolving situation, with many health funds agreeing to fund Physiotherapy Telehealth Services (For further information click here). We are staying on top of developments and are happy to provide a receipt for you to make a claim to your provider. Alternatively, you can contact your health provider to determine your individual eligibility.
EPC Patients: All patients on a current EPC plan (referred by a GP with a complete Enhanced primary care plan) are eligible for Telehealth to be billed through Medicare.
Workers Compensation and Third Party: All patients on workers compensation and third party insurance are eligible for telehealth physiotherapy but require individual approval by the insurer. Our physiotherapists are happy to request this approval on your behalf, if you are appropriate for this service.
As many Australian’s are transitioning to working from home, it’s important to think about the ergonomics of your work station set up. Working with poor posture can create joint tension and muscle fatigue, and impact your ability to concentrate.
Some points to consider:
- Laptops aren’t ideal due to the height of the screen. Consider plugging your laptop into a monitor or raising the laptop on a box/book so that the line of sight places your neck in a neutral position.
- Use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse rather than laptop keyboard so they can be placed within reach.
- Your height and the table height are the two fixed variables. Adjust your chair and move your equipment to facilitate ‘ideal’ posture. You may need to add in a foot rest (a book, a foam roller, a box) to ensure your feet are planted. You can use this website to calculate the ideal height of your chair for you. https://www.ergotron.com/en-au/tools/workspace-planner
Finally, if you are unsure give us a call, we can discuss your desk ergonomics, treat any aches or pains and provide you with a posture plan. Telehealth consults are now available so we can view your setup and advise you from the comfort of your home!
In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, NSW Health are working hard to move all non-essential services out of our acute hospital setting. This is involving triage of patients booked to attend outpatient orthopaedic clinics to get a cast for a fracture or cast removal, application of orthopaedic braces and outpatient orthopaedic physiotherapy. If you are booked for these services, you may be offered a telephone consult to reduce the risk of exposure in attending a hospital clinic. Our Physiotherapists at Regent Street Physiotherapy in Newcastle can assist you by applying or removing a cast or assisting with bracing and orthopaedic exercises, in consultation with your managing doctor. We are happy to liaise with them on your behalf, and ensure that your care is not impacted at this time. If you have any questions please give us a call on 49509805.
Craig presented at the Sports Medicine Australia State Symposium in Melbourne, Sunday 4th August 2019. He presented his shoulder specific research alongside Kylie Holt at the “Shouldering the Load: Breaking down the Shoulder Complex” conference.
A $15 million funding boost for spinal injury research is about to be announced, marking the biggest helping hand in years, in the fight to find a cure. Click on the below link which features our Physiotherapist, Caitlin Brindley working with Alex McKinnon.