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In this interview I sit down with Kellie Wilkie and we discuss a research journal on rib stress injuries during the Rio Olympiad. Kellie has immense experience in the sport of rowing with massive contributions in both physiotherapy and research literature. Let me take a minute to tell you more about her background.

Kellie graduated from the University of South Australia in 1998 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy (Hons.)

She established her own private sports based practice to be able to offer the best quality physiotherapy service to patients and to be able to structure a workplace that was optimal for her own health and wellbeing.

In 2007 Kellie completed her post graduate clinical Masters degree in Sport Physiotherapy through the La Trobe University in Melbourne and shortly after, gained her Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) title of Sports Physiotherapist.

Kellie is currently a member of the APA, Sports Physiotherapy Australia (SPA), Physiotherapy Business Australia (PBA) and Sports Medicine Australia (SMA). She is a Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS) consultant physiotherapist. Kellie provided physiotherapy services for the London 2012 Olympics as part of the Australian Rowing Team and was lead physiotherapist for the Australian Rowing Team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Kellie has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of:


  • Rowers
  • Shoulders
  • Backs

Part 1

  • Starting your own clinical practice and how you came to become physiotherapist for Rowing Australia.
  • Where did your interest in rowing, shoulders, and backs stem from?
  • As lead physiotherapist, share with us about the structure and management of the other physiotherapists across Australia who are working with high performance athletes. How does it work? How did you communicate?
  • Physiotherapy in Australia vs. event/competition
  • How does the interplay work on the sports medicine continuum….so between doctor, physiotherapist, S&C, and rowing coach?
    • Rehabilitation and return to sport
    • Identifying a pathway for the athlete to return
    • Folding that information into future training programs to mitigate injury risks.

Part 2

  • GrowingBodies
  • Decent Rowing

Part 3


  • Journals


    • Mythbusters
    • Rib Stress injuries 2012-2016
    • Update on Low Back Pain Pathway?


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