Tom graduated from ACU with a bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2016 and has worked in the musculoskeletal field ever since. Tom has worked extensively with the Australian Youth Water polo team on multiple European world championship tours as well as elite and amateur swimming teams. These experiences have given him the skills to manage and treat acute and long-standing injuries in the sporting population.
Tom has a passion for managing lower limb injuries, particularly in runners. His knowledge stems from his work as a Physiotherapist with distance running squads both locally and in England. Tom uses a biomechanical approach to determine the cause of the problem and will work with the patient to set up strength and management programs accordingly.
Spending 2 years in the UK, Tom worked in orthopaedic clinics responsible for diagnosing patients suffering from acute knee and ankle injuries. Following up each patient in a well equipped gym space has given him the experience seeing patients along the whole rehabilitation journey – from initial injury right through to return to sport.
Get to know: Tom
ACU University – Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Active Answers Physiotherapy – Sports MSK clinic in Seaforth, Sydney
St Thomas Hospital NHS – MSK outpatient clinic
What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your job?
Experience working with the sporting population with multiple elite teams, has given me the insight in maximising the potential in each stage of rehabilitation. Being around the sporting field has exposed me first hand to a high volume of acute injuries, nurturing my confidence in both assessment and diagnosis.
Favourite Conditions to Treat:
Shoulder and hips – rotator cuff and hip femoroacetabular impingement
Knee and ankle – lower limb tendon injuries, especially in the running population and ACL rehabilitation
Chronic low back pain
What are you happiest doing when you’re not working?
Exercising and playing competitive sport- ocean swimming, surfing, running, tennis, basketball and snowboarding.
Re-watching the 2008 NRL grand final
What would be your personal motto?
A life lived in fear is a life half lived
Who is someone you admire and why?
Sifan Hussain (Dutch long-distance runner) – she has an incredible hunger for competition, it’s impossible to count her out of a race. Her positivity, graciousness and humbleness is inspiring. One in a generation athlete!
Your most-outstanding achievement:
Training and finishing my first marathon