Meet Our Academy Games Physiotherapists!
Sydney West Sports Medicine will be supporting the Western Sydney squads for the upcoming 2018 Your Local Club Academy Games, sending two qualified physiotherapists to assist with the athletes’ recovery and injury management. Meet Matthew Hicks and Luke Anderson!
Matthew is a full-time physiotherapist at Sydney West Sports Medicine. He graduated from The University of Sydney with Honours (First Class) researching physiotherapy interventions for people with facial nerve palsy. Prior to working at Sydney West Sports Medicine, Matt spent four years working in the Hills District assessing and treating a broad range of musculoskeletal injuries.
Matt has a particular interest in the rehabilitation of injured athletes and the role of physiotherapy and exercise on the journey from acute injury to return to sport and beyond. This includes post-operative rehabilitation of the shoulder, knee and ankle. He works closely with coaches to implement training programs suitable to the stage of your recovery. He has worked with athletes from local to national level in a range of sports. Matt has a particular interest in football (soccer) and athletics (sprints/jumps/distance). He has worked with Sydney FC Women’s and Knox Grammar Track and Field. He is an accredited Level 2 Athletics Coach with Athletics Australia.
Luke is a full-time physiotherapist at Sydney West Sports Medicine. Luke completed his Physiotherapy degree at the Australian Catholic University in 2015.
Previously, Luke worked at Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals in the acute and outpatient departments gaining experience in treating orthopaedic, chronic and general musculoskeletal conditions with a focus on biomechanics and exercise.
Luke was previously a national-level gymnast and diver. He has also played rugby union, rugby league, football and has coached both swimming and gymnastics.
Luke has a keen interest in management of all sports injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation and improving performance, conditioning and general health. His approach to treatment involves exercise prescription and utilises manual therapy to facilitate recovery, optimise biomechanics and prevent re-injury.
Posted: 18 April 2018