Gary Nicholls is an APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist with 25 years of experience. In 19 of these Gary has had some affiliation with Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre, initially at our Albert Park Sports Medicine Centre. This was after having worked as a physiotherapy aide at OPSMC during his final 2 years of physiotherapy study!
Gary is currently involved in season number 18 in the AFL. Gary had 13 years as a senior physiotherapist at Collingwood Football Club, and 3 years as head physiotherapist at Melbourne Football Club before stepping back from full time AFL duties to clear his weekends for his young family.
Gary continues to be involved in the AFL in a consulting role at Melbourne and is the current executive officer of the AFL physiotherapists association, after having been President of this association between 2009 and 2015.
Gary’s early physiotherapy years were utilized gaining experience in country Victoria and around the globe working with physiotherapists from over 8 different countries.
Gary has worked extensively with elite and amateur athletes from a variety of sports including AFL, athletics, triathlon, squash, soccer and netball, and has a particular interest in complex sporting presentations, and in using an elite management mindset for both elite and recreational athletes. Gary has a significant interest in addressing the riddle of recurrent calf strains, and lower limb injuries in the recreational runner.
Given his AFL experience Gary enjoys dealing with hip, hamstring and groin problems, and also has significant interest in dealing with spinal conditions, knee and ankle injuries, and calf, achilles and general lower limb issues.
Career Highlights / Affiliations / Associations
- Senior Physiotherapist – Collingwood Football Club, Premiership Team (2010)
- Senior Physiotherapist – Collingwood Football Club, 5 Grand Final appearances (2002, 2003, 2010, 2010 replay, 2011)
- Representative Physiotherapist – Australian AFL International Rules series (2010, 2011)
- Volunteer Physiotherapist – Olympic Games Village (Sydney 2000)