How I Rehab - The Sports MAP Conference 2024 - Virtual Access


Course Instructors

Brady Green
Senior Lecturer, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Brady is the Senior Lecturer of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He has extensive experience working in elite sport and has a keen interest in calf strain injuries completing his PhD on this topic.

Brady has published works on calf and hamstring muscle strain injuries and has extensive experience in managing these injuries at a clinical level.

Sue Mayes
Principal physiotherapist & medical team manager at The Australian Ballet
Sue Mayes is Australian Ballet’s Director of Artistic Health and has been their Principal Physiotherapist since 1997. Sue also consults for national and international professional sports. Sue was appointed Adjunct Research Fellow at La Trobe University following completion of her PhD in 2017 and received their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018. She has published on ballet-related topics and is currently researching foot joint health, and cognitive fatigue through the partnership between Australian Ballet and La Trobe University. Sue has been invited to speak at international conferences and lectures throughout Australia and Europe. Sue was awarded an Order of Australia in 2020.
Sophie Emery
Rehabilitation Physiotherapist at The Australian Ballet

Sophie Emery joined The Australian Ballet in 2009 as a physiotherapist with a lifelong interest in dance. In 2019 Sophie was promoted to the role of rehabilitation physiotherapist, taking on a greater role in the development and implementation of rehabilitation programs and exercise prescription. Sophie graduated from La Trobe University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and completed her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2013.

She is committed to ongoing professional development and has conducted and presented research on the size of hip muscles in dancers compared to athletes. Sophie has presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conferences in Birmingham, UK and Houston, USA; as well as speaking nationally for the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Victorian and South Australian Podiatry Associations. Sophie is also the coordinator and supervisor of undergraduate university physiotherapy students at The Australian Ballet.

Ebonie Rio
Physiotherapist (PhD) & Researcher La Trobe University
Ebonie is a post doc researcher at La Trobe University and has completed her PhD in tendon pain, Masters Sports Phys, B. Phys (Hons) and B. App Sci. Her clinical career has included Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Ballet Company, Australian Ballet School, Melbourne Heart Football Club, Alphington Sports Medicine Centre, Victorian Institute of Sport, 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics, 2012 London Paralympics, 18 months travelling with Disney's The Lion King stage show.
Jane Rooney
Clinical Director at Prahran Sports Medicine Centre

Associate Clinical Professor
Specialist Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist (sub-speciality knee) as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2009
Director Physio Educators 
APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Churchill Fellow 

Jane Rooney is a Specialist Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist (sub speciality knee), Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and has a Certificate in Acupuncture. Jane is an Associate Clinical Professor at Swinburne University, Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Melbourne University and a Churchill Fellow.

With extensive experience in the Sports Medicine field both in Europe and Australia, Jane is the Clinical Director at Prahran Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Her passion is clinical work. With over 30 years clinical experience, treating athletes of all levels from the recreational athlete to the elite international professional athlete, in a large variety of sports including tennis, gymnastics, snow sports, netball, cycling and athletics, to name a few. Jane's professional interests are knee injury rehabilitation, particularly anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, patellofemoral dysfunction and knee osteoarthritis management.

Jane was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to investigate management algorithms and rehabilitation programs for ACL injury.

She has since developed an evidence based structured ACL rehabilitation program and criteria based return to sport test, to help optimise recovery and minimise the risk of reinjury following ACL reconstructions and other knee injuries. Jane also has implemented world best practice knee osteoarthritis management programs.

Ben Ashworth
High Performance Consultant | Athletic Shoulder Specialist

Performance consultant for elite teams and individuals. Shoulder specialist with a Master of Science (MSc) in Strength & Conditioning & UKSCA accreditation. “Physio-coach” with experience in elite rugby, Olympic Sports, baseball & Professional football. Consultancy & education for MLB teams based on original research in Athletic Shoulder strength monitoring developed in Premiership Rugby currently applied in MLB & NFL teams, Premier League football, Olympic swimming, British tennis and other upper limb sports worldwide.

Ben currently works as a consultant with professional teams (EPL, USA baseball) and individuals to help solve shoulder performance issues. He has over two decades of experience as a practitioner with a Masters in both Physiotherapy and Strength & Conditioning.

Ben’s interest & experience in shoulders developed from his time in professional rugby at London Wasps (2002-2005) and was accelerated through his work with the English Institute of Sport. Ben also spent years as the first team physio for Arsenal in the EPL.

The Athletic Shoulder testing & monitoring philosophy combines Ben’s shoulder expertise with over ten years of monitoring athletes in performance environments. Creatively challenging the way we use information to impact on minimising injury risk and maximising athletic performance potential.

Ben is currently working towards completion of a PhD in the area of Shoulder performance monitoring at Liverpool Hope University, a centre of excellence for upper limb and shoulder research. This work is focussing on fatigue, return to play markers and neuromuscular profiling for performance. This is an extension of Ben’s recent published work around the now well -established use of force platforms for shoulder testing developed at Saracens rugby and currently applied in baseball, tennis, rugby, MMA, Olympic & collegiate sports.

Michael Giakoumis
Head of Athlete Injury Management at City Football Group

Michael is renowned for his work with the British Athletes over many years including key involvement in some game changing research on soft tissue injury rehabilitation. 

Michael is a London based sports physiotherapist and tutor on lower limb muscle injuries
He specialises in the treatment and rehabilitation of hip and groin, and lower limb muscle injuries with field experience in mens and womens football, AFL, NBA and international track and field. Michael has presented on courses internationally on lower limb muscle injuries. Michael was also the co host of the Sports MAP international muscle injury conference attracting over 3000+ attendees. 

Michael O'Brien
Physiotherapist at Melbourne Orthopaedic Group Sports Medicine

Michael is a physiotherapist at Melbourne Orthopaedic Group (MOG) Sports Medicine and is currently completing his PhD investigating impairments in adult hip dysplasia. Clinically he sees predominantly hip and groin injuries, ranging from athletes with sport-related pain, children with developmental conditions, and young adults with early-onset arthritis.

Over the past 15 years his experience has included working in elite sport, hip and groin research and teaching, and clinical work. Prior to commencing research, he was working with Melbourne Victory Football Club. He has published papers on groin strength testing modalities in football players (A-League and AFL), surgical outcomes for hip dysplasia, rehabilitation for circus athletes with hip pain, and strength and functional performance measures in football players with hip dysplasia.

Katie Davies
Principal Physiotherapist & Senior Clinician at Neurological Rehabilitation Group

Katie Davies is the principal physiotherapist and owner at Neurological Rehabilitation Group (NRG),  the longest running private neurological physiotherapy practice in Melbourne.  Katie and the NRG team manage people with neurological and vestibular conditions, including those who have sustained concussion as both grassroots and elite athletes. For the last 7 years, Katie has had an honorary appointment at the MCRI as an associate investigator in the multidisciplinary team researching the management of persisting concussion symptoms in children.  She also collaborates with the Turner Institute at Monash University where she is an associate investigator on the iRecover study investigating concussion recovery in adults. She regularly presents to a variety of health professionals on concussion assessment, treatment and recovery and has strong links with experts in concussion management both in Australia and overseas which helps her stay at the forefront of treatment for these presentations.

Darren Burgess
High Performance Manager @ Adelaide FC

Darren Burgess is a world-renowned high-performance specialist who currently serves as High Performance Manager at Adelaide Football Club.

​Prior to joining the Crows in 2022, ‘Burgo’ played an important role in Melbourne’s Premiership success of 2021 where he was the club’s High-Performance Manager while also enjoying two separate stints at Port Adelaide.

​His expert credentials extend beyond Australia’s game having previously spent time in key high-performance roles at English football giants Arsenal and Liverpool respectively.

​Additionally, Burgess has spent time working with the Australian National Men’s Football (Soccer) Team, a stint coinciding with the Socceroo’s participation at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

​A PhD holder in Sport Science and Technology, Burgo is an exceptional public speaker and is available for corporate and sporting speaking opportunities specialising in high performance, leadership, and sporting excellence.

Simon Harries
PhD | Head of Strength & Conditioning at NSW Institute of Sport

A highly experienced Strength & Conditioning coach, Simon is dedicated to driving the performance and success of athletes across a range of disciplines. With a proven track record of helping athletes achieve their goals at the highest level, he thrives on the challenges of elite sport and is committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible. He has a passion for helping injured athletes rehabilitate from injury to enable successful return to sport.

With over 15 years of experience in high performance sport, Simon has worked with athletes from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines, including AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Rugby Sevens, Water polo, and a range of individual event sports. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and expertise, he works closely with athletes to develop individualised training strategies that maximise their strengths and minimise weaknesses.

At NSWIS, Simon is focused on developing a team of exceptional Strength & Conditioning coaches to deliver world-class performance support to their elite athletes, helping them to achieve their goals and reach new heights of success. By leveraging the latest scientific research and cutting edge training technologies, he is committed to helping their athletes stay ahead of the competition.

Byron Field
Head of Performance Health at ACT Brumbies

Byron graduated from the University of Canberra in 2004 with a degree in Psychology and Sport & Exercise Science, and has since completed a Masters of Physiotherapy, Masters in Sport & Exercise Physiotherapy and a Masters in Strength & Conditioning. He is currently completing his PhD  looking at recognition of concussion in rugby union – specifically the use of instrumented mouthguards to assist with identification of head impact.

Byron is currently the High-Performance Manager for the ACT Brumbies. Prior to joining Up ‘n Running Physio, Byron worked with professional rugby union teams in the UK and Australia.

Byron has an interest in empowering his patients and athletes to fulfil their potential and provides programs tailored to the unique needs of each individual.




  • Day 1
    • Brady Green -How I rehab a 3c central aponeurosis soleus injury
    • Sue Mayes - How I rehab Lisfranc injuries
    • Sophie Emery - How I rehab and prevent back pain in professional dancers
    • Panel - Brady Green, Sue Mayes & Sophie Emery
    • Ebonie Rio - How I Rehab Achilles tendon ruptures
    • Workshop - Ebonie Rio
    • Workshop - Brady Green
    • Jane Rooney - How I rehab non-operative ACL ruptures
    • Ben Ashworth - How I rehab the athletic shoulder
  • Day 2
    • Workshop - Michael Giakoumis
    • Workshop - Ben Ashworth
    • Michael O'Brien - How I rehab the female athlete with hip pain
    • Katie Davies - How I Rehab Concussion
    • Darren Burgess - How I rehab to prevent further injuries
    • Michael Giakoumis - How I rehab the recurring Hamstring
    • Panel - Darren Burgess & Michael Giakoumis
    • Simon Harries - How I Rehab using a systematic running framework
    • Byron Field - How I rehab ACJ Surgery for a return to contact sport
    • Workshop - Byron Field
    • Workshop - Simon Harries