Simone's keen interest in the biomechanics of the body and sporting injuries, especially those of the shoulder and knee, has lead her to pursue a career as a Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Her expertise has led to multiple appointments within the sporting community including the Australian and Victorian Mens Masters/U21s Hockey Teams, TAC Western Jets, and most recently Carlton AFLW FC. Simone has been Physiotherapist for numerous State and National hockey teams, contributing to the success of winning four National Championships, the Trans Tasman Cup and World Cup.
Further to completing her Physiotherapy undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne, Simone has proudly completed her double Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in 2019.
Simone’s unique skill-set allows for accurate patient diagnosis and rehabilitation back to all levels of performance, with her passion for improving patient treatment outcomes, performance and quality of life being second to none. Her strong background in strength and conditioning and manual therapy, allows for a quick patient return to high level performance.
2019 Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, La Trobe University
2018 Masters in Sports Physiotherapy, La Trobe University
2016 ASCA accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach, ASCA
2016 Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy, La Trobe University
2012 Bachelor of Physiotherapy, The University of Melbourne
2010 Certificate III Gym Instructor and Certificate IV Personal Trainer, AIF
Physiotherapist for International Sporting Teams/Events:
2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Hockey Field of Play Physiotherapist
2018 Hockey Masters World Cup, Barcelona
2016 Hockey Masters World Cup, Canberra
2015 Hockey MastersTrans Tasman Cup
Physiotherapist for National Sporting Teams
2018 - 2019 Carlton AFL Women’s Physiotherapist
2017 Australian National Championships, Adelaide, Masters
2016 Australian National Championships, Adelaide, Masters
2015 Australian National Championships, Cairns, Masters
2015 Australian National Championships, Hobart, Under 21s
2014 Australian National Championships, Masters
Physiotherapist for Domestic Sporting Teams/Events
2018 - 2019 Carlton VFL Women's Head Physiotherapist
2017 Footscray Hockey Club Senior Women's Physiotherapist
2014 - 2017 Western Jets Football Club, AFL TAC Cup, Physiotherapist
2011 - 2014 Altona Vikings Football Club, WRFL, Head Physiotherapist
2010 - 2012 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride, Physiotherapist
Memberships of Professional Associations
Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) - Current Vic SMA Co-Vice President
Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
Musculoskeletal National Group of the APA (MPA)
Sports National Group of the APA (SPA)
Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA)
A Message From Simone
Hi there! I'm Simone, an APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist, APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and The Pole Physio. I started pole dance just over 5 years ago, and fell in love with the physical challenge it provided to my body in the art form of flexibility, strength and movement flow.
A year into my pole journey I began to take notice of the lack of injury guidance and information out there for aerialists. And then I started to notice the injuries pile up. The Pole and Aerial apparatus require completely different demands of the body than any other sport out there. So very few health professionals understand the level of detail required to rehabilitate these injuries and the mechanics to reduce the risk of them occurring in the first place.
For 2 years I tried to keep my pole & physio work separate. But I couldn’t sit idle, and watch my classmates get injured and not rehabilitated correctly. So then I began treating pole dancers from my local studio and started to see a huge change in the way these dancers viewed and managed their bodies when it came to exercise. Their injury rate dropped and pole performance significantly improved. They started smashing pole goals left, right and centre.
But I wanted to not just make a small change in the way pole dancers and aerialists approach these sports, I wanted a platform where I could help the greater community. And hence The Pole Physio was born.
The Pole Physio is here to service the aerial community through free informative blogs posted found under the blog tab.
And it’s through these blogs I hope to inspire YOU.
My mission is to educate pole dancers and aerialists worldwide in ways on how to strengthen their body to nail a trick, correctly treat any injury, return to pole after an injury safely, and reduce the chance of these injuries occurring in the first place. My main goal is to decrease the need for you to see me (or any other allied health professional for that matter) from an injury. And I’m a strong believer that education is the key.
However there will come a time in an athlete’s life that they will need to see a Physiotherapist, so online appointments are available for Pole Dancers and Aerialists from all over the world and can be booked via my ‘Book an Appointment’ page. These sessions run the exact same way as they would if we were face to face. A thorough Physio assessment is undertaken, and a diagnosis and treatment plan provided. In these sessions I will provide you with all the knowledge you need to rehabilitate your injury and smash your nemesis trick. I also offer tailored strength and conditioning programs for anyone working towards a specific trick and finding they are not making any progress.
So have a look around the site, make sure you sign up to our newsletter to stay notified on any blog drops and any major upcoming project announcements.
Also make sure you head to @thepole.physio on Instagram and @pole.physio on Facebook to get access to some amazing tricks, tips and strengthening exercises posted daily.
Until next time, train safe.
The Pole Physio