Zoe Russell

Zoe Russell

Specialist Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

Specialist Physiotherapist FACP

Zoe Russell is a Specialist Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists 2021), who has been a member of the PhysioWorks team since 2008.

Zoe is recognised by the Australian Physiotherapy Association as being an expert in athletes and sporting injury management, following completion of a two-year training program being supervised by Australia’s leading Physiotherapists, that concludes with a requirement to pass a clinical examination, to demonstrate that she has achieved the standard of a Specialist Physiotherapist.

Zoe’s goal with every patient is to provide a comprehensive plan to treat your injury, enhance performance, and prevent injury recurrence.  Her experience and knowledge of sporting biomechanics and the demands of both elite and recreational sporting pursuits allow her to conduct a thorough assessment, diagnose, treat and help you achieve your goals – no matter how big or small!  Patient’s comment that Zoe is a caring, knowledgeable and friendly Physiotherapist, and you can be confident that Zoe can help you achieve your goals. Zoe has a special interest in treating lower limb (hip, knee and ankle) soft tissue, joint and tendon injuries, and post-surgical rehabilitation of the hip, knee and ankle.

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Zoe complements her clinical work at PhysioWorks with elite sporting teams, with roles with the White Ferns (New Zealand Women’s Cricket Team) and St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace, First XI Football Program, and has experience as a Physiotherapist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Zoe also works with Indoor Netball Federation of Australia and Indoor Netball Federation of Queensland. Not only does Zoe have experience as a Physiotherapist at the elite level, she is a former National level Indoor Netball player who has represented both Queensland and Australia. When she is not at PhysioWorks, Zoe enjoys an active lifestyle, attends the gym, and plays several recreational sports.

Outside of her clinical work, Zoe is currently working on a research project conducting a systematic review into Patella Tendinopathy, as well as working in a mentoring role with Physiotherapists.

Zoe’s Special Interests

Knee Pain

Ankle Injuries

Hip & Groin Pain – including muscle injuries around the thigh and pelvis

Tendinopathies

Plantar Fasciitis

ElbowWrist & Hand

Sports Injuries

Netball Injuries

Soccer Injuries

Other Interests

What is a Specialist Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist?

A physiotherapist is only entitled to use the title Specialist Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists), once they have passed the clinical examinations set by the Australian College of Physiotherapists, following a rigorous 2-year training program, led by Australia’s leading Physiotherapists and ensuring that a clinician meets the standards outlined by the college.

A physiotherapist achieves the title of APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist or APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist title, after completion of a Masters Degree in the field of Sports or Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, in addition to satisfying the additional requirements of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA).

Specialist  Physiotherapists have proven themselves as highly skilled and knowledgeable practitioners, which provides you, the patient, with the confidence that you will receive high-quality, evidence-based care.

Sports Physiotherapist

Zoe is currently the Head Physiotherapist for the following teams:

  • St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace (Terrace) Football
  • New Zealand White Ferns Cricket Team

Zoe also works with the following organisations

  • Australian Indoor Netball Federation
  • Indoor Netball Federation of Queensland

Zoe has had previous appointments with the following organisations:

  • New Zealand Indoor Netball
  • South Africa Indoor Netball
  • Cricket Tasmania  – Hobart Hurricanes WBBL & Tasmanian Tigers WCNL
  • Melbourne Ice (Women’s Ice Hockey)
  • Queensland Academy of Sport – Rugby League

Zoe was a Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Personal Athletic Experience

Zoe’s experience is not only limited to her role as a Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist! Zoe is also a former National level Indoor Netball player who has represented both Queensland and Australia. When she is not at PhysioWorks, Zoe enjoys an active lifestyle. In addition to her Netball commitments for Queensland and Australia, Zoe also swims, attends the gym, and plays several recreational sports.

Zoe is a Registered Physiotherapy Provider with:

  • All Private Health Insurance Funds
  • Workcover
  • InjuryNet
  • Medicare
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • CTP & Sports Insurers
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