Manly Gymnastics Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic is friendly physio practice dedicated to providing injury management for gymnasts, acrobats and cheerleaders. Being located at Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club, and part of the Warringah Physiotherapy Clinic, provides a unique setting to treat these athletes.
Our staff have a special interest in working with adolescent athletes and have many years of experience in working with elite junior sports people from sports including AFL, soccer, water polo, rugby, swimming, skiing, Judo and of course, gymnastics.
At Manly Gymnastics Physio, we have a strong focus on injury prevention and work with coaches, trainers and other professionals where we can to enable our patients rehabilitation to be part of their training.
While the focus is on gymnasts at Manly Gymnastics Physio, we also deliver other services including sports physiotherapy, massage, rehabiliation programs, treatment of work-related injuries through WorkCover, treatment of back pain and neck pain, core exercise programs, taping and more through Warringah Physiotherapy. Please visit the website here.
Sam is a principal physiotherapist and director of Manly Gymnastics Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic.
He graduated from the University of Notre Dame physiotherapy program in 2008 and has spent his career working in the fields of sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy in clinics in Western Australia and Sydney. Sam moved to Sydney from Western Australia in 2011 and spent 4 years as the physiotherapist for the UNSW Bulldogs in the Sydney AFL. He left his previous position at Kensington Physiotherapy at the University of NSW in 2014 to establish Manly Gymnastics Physiotherapy.
Sam has had extensive experience in working with high level youth athletes and has a special interest in working with this population. Along with his work at Manly Warringah Gymnastics he also works closely with Randwick City Swimming Club and consults still occasionally consults at Kensington Physiotherapy. In 2015 Sam completed further post-graduate study in sports physiotherapy through La Trobe University and has also completed the Australian Physiotherapy Sports Level 3 course.
Dr Mark Stewart
Dr Mark Stewart has over 20 years’ experience as a physiotherapist. He completed a Masters in Public Health in 2000 and a PhD in 2006. He specialises in the management of Whiplash Associated Disorders, exercise based treatment for chronic conditions and sports injuries.
Mark is a director of two other successful physiotherapy clinics, Kensington Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic at the University of New South Wales and The Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic North Sydney at the Mater Hospital.
Mark has been part of the Manly Warringah Gymnastics community for many years with his 2 daughters both training and competing with the club.
Lena Roperti (Massage)
Lena completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage in 1999, and has extensive experience in private practices. Her areas of expertise include Sports Massage, Somatic Techniques, and Ortho-Bionomy. Lena is also a qualified Herbalist and Iridologist, and is a member of The Australian Traditional Medicine Society.
Lena has a background in a variety of sports, including Dance (Classical Ballet, Jazz Ballet and Tap Dancing), Soccer, Futsal, Surf Lifesaving and Aerobics. She has three daughters, who all train and compete for Manly Warringah Gymnastics.
Her formal education, as well as her experience in the health care industry, has provided her with a strong knowledge base that she utilises to assist athletes to achieve their best through massage therapy.
Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Mel brings with her a vast amount of experience from the sporting arena. She completed a Bachelor of Science with honours, majoring in Kinesiology (sports & movement science for us here in Australia) in 2010 at McMaster University. Here she was the sports therapist and strength and conditioning coach assistant for the varsity football team.
Before moving to Australia to complete her Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney she worked with athletes as a registered kinesiologist in private practice for 2 years. Along with her work with athletes she has also worked in a rehabilitation setting with people with neurological conditions and complex orthopaedic injuries.
Mel is a gun rugby player and has played high level rugby in Canada and Australia. She is the physiotherapist for Sydney University Women’s Rugby Club and has also toured New Zealand as the Physio for the NSW state team.
Mel also consults at Kensington Physiotherapy at UNSW though we are trying to convince her to spend more time with us at Manly Gymnastics Physiotherapy.