Karen Spreadborough was injured following playing Victorian state netball as a 16-year-old. Physiotherapy got her back on the court, then and many times again. It also inspired a career, now lasting over 20 years as a physiotherapist.
Experience in sports areas has been a constant, covering Men’s state lacrosse, Victorian Police and Geelong Cougars netball, Dandenong and Townsville Women’s NBL games and the AFL Umpires. The sporting highlight was 10 years with Australian Women’s Lacrosse including three U’19 World Championships, a Senior World Cup and international tour. Completing the Level 3 sports physiotherapy course at the AIS in 2003 was also beneficial.
Karen enjoys treating active people of all abilities. Interests are varied but include spinal conditions, tendon problems, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbow and hands. A focus is on determining the contributing factors to each problem, educating on self- management and prescribing exercises to assist in a client’s understanding and lasting relief from injury. Additional skills include the use of dry needling and splinting of sporting hand injuries.
Considering the impact of the workplace on your injury is also prioritised with 10 years’ experience working at GM Holden. Karen also consults in ergonomics, pre-employment screening and provides physiotherapy support for St John of God Hospital staff in Geelong.
Karen co-chairs the Geelong Regional Physiotherapy Group.
Career Highlights / Affiliations / Associations
- Physiotherapist – AFL Umpires (2010-2012)
- Team Physiotherapist – Australian Women’s Lacrosse (Silver Medal), World Cup, London (2001)
- Team Physiotherapist – Australian U’19’s Women’s Lacrosse World Championships, (Philadelphia Gold, Perth & Baltimore, Silver Medal) (2003, 1999, 1995); Tour Japan and US (1998)