Young Athlete Development

Written by Caitlan Skillicorn, Senior Physiotherapist

M.Sports Medicine (completion date 2022) M. Physio, & B. Ex. and Sport Sc. Head of Performance at Gladesville Ravens.   High performance sport is becoming increasingly important in our world and as a result, stakeholders are making large financial investments to develop strategic and systematic approaches to developing athletes. This is pushing talent identification earlier and earlier. So, to keep up with this development programs now occur at youth levels. Children are not mini adults and therefore maturation status must be accounted for when planning a program and pathway to elite athlete status. Gold standard programming must include the unique variables and understanding of:
  1. Physical development relative to age and training history
  2. Nutrition relative to education and performance level
  3. Injury risk relative to age-related changes and training demands
At Healthfix in our gym in North Sydney, we understand these underlying principles and have systemised programs to give our athlete’s the best chance of making their dreams come true. An integral part of any high performance program is strength and conditioning. The development of not only a player’s technical ability but their physical capabilities has become increasingly important, with players who can out run, out jump and dominant their opposition on the ball have increased their selection chances and decreased their injury risk. Not only do we teach our athletes the correct movement patterns and improve their confidence in the gym environment but also development their athletic potential, giving the best chance to be the best athlete they can be. Who would benefit from a Youth Athlete development program?
  • School aged youth 10-17 ·
  • Youth athletes looking for that extra edge over their competitors
  • Want to enhance performance characteristics related to their sport
  • Need a more robust gym program to supplement their sport
If you are interested in more information on our Young Guns Program please get in touch

New Exercise Physiologist – Liz Orrock

Liz Orrock

Introducing Liz Orrock

We are really excited to announce with the expansion of Healthfix we are welcoming a new Exercise Physiologist into our team Liz Orrock. Liz comes with a wealth of experience having completed her Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology with distinction through the University of New England. Over the past 10 years she has been a massage therapist and also lectured in sports massage. She has worked in-conjunction with a team of physiotherapists treating people ranging from elite athletes to general clinical populations. She’s also been  running her own business combining massage with exercise prescription whilst completing her studies. Liz felt compelled to get into Exercise Physiology from massage after she had the privilege of caring for a wonderful woman who had Parkinson’s disease. From that experience she felt driven to learn more about how to help people like her as well as others with ranging illnesses and injuries. She is so grateful to be able to do that now and  very excited to get back to working in a multidisciplinary team environment.

So what does Liz like to get up to in her spare time?

She has a passion for travelling with her husband and family and can’t wait be able to do so again.  She also enjoys being outdoor whether going for a swim in the ocean, hiking, of course some strength training or  walking her dog aptly named chicken. You can see Liz’s passion for travel and people in the picture, here she is in the Maldives where she went in 2019 to teach the local women how to swim and all about exercise programs. Book in to see Liz today.
The Healthfix difference

The Healthfix difference | 5 ways we’re a health club (not a gym)

1. We look at you and your health as part of a whole.

Integratively. Holistically. Think of it like this: were you to fall down the stairs and hurt your hip, as a health club, we would look at the root cause of the injury, not just the prevailing symptoms.  Our approach is about bringing people back to base level exercise and fitness. This, of course, has multiple benefits – sure, the physical, but it also shores up mental and emotional strength.

2. Number one is to heal.

Healing is the immediate cessation of what might be bothering you. It could be, and often is, pain. But it might also be a mood, or lack of motivation, or zero energy. Finding and fixing that initial touchpoint is the first step on the road to a healthier you. And because we’re big on making our people feel connected, Healthfix has a strong focus on socialising and fostering community. We believe if the mind is right, the body follows. 

3. The second? To restore.

Sure, you’re moving okay. Maybe even exercising a little. But you’re not where you want to be in terms of physical function. Our team of trainers, therapists and experts can get you back up and running, literally or figuratively.

4. Okay, feeling good! Let’s make it your new baseline.

The foundation from where you can springboard to excellent health and fitness? Nothing gives us more joy than seeing our clients go from strength to strength. (Even if that means they don’t need us any more.)

5. Now for some serious health goals…

We’re excited to help you get to them. Some of our favourites have included running a marathon, losing 20kg, managing depression, having a baby and, our favourite (believe it or not), never seeing a physiotherapist again! We believe healthcare is simple, and that the right metrics can help truly measure your success. We believe in equipping you with the correct strategies and education so you can look after yourself. We believe that by focusing on excellent health  outcomes, not negative pain points, you can leave a healthier person. (And our team remains passionate about what they do, which helps even more people become healthier.) Wherever you are on your health journey, we have the training program to help you get even further. Because our driving force is never “how bad is it?” – it’s “how good would you like to feel?”. So. How good would you like to feel? Let’s talk.