B Phty, PG Dip Sports Physio, GCHE.
SPORTS and EXERCISE PHYSIOTHERAPIST (APA Titled)
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (1984), University of Queensland
Post Graduate Diploma Sports Physiotherapy (1992), Curtin University (WA)
Australian Physiotherapy Association Sports Physiotherapist Titleholder (2000)
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (2019)
Areas of interest:
Spinal, Pelvic Dysfunctions, Headache, Lower Limb injury management and prevention
Sports Injuries and training load injuries
Hans graduated from the University of Queensland’s Physiotherapy program in 1984 and went on to further studies completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy in 1992 with distinction. He has worked with a great variety of athletes at elite and recreational level. During his years as a Club and Rep Sports Physio he has worked with athletes from several sports – field hockey, Rugby League, basketball, triathlon and cycling. Roles that he is particularly proud of were as Physio for the Australian U21 Men’s Hockey, Brisbane Bullets NBL and Brisbane Broncos NRL teams.
“The work was very satisfying because you saw athletes return to high performance in short periods of time, remembering that these fine-tuned athletes are professionals and dedicated – after all it is their job.”
Hans spent two years at each club resulting in four very busy and intense years of travel, work and great memories. Applying knowledge and skills as a Physiotherapist requires a high-level understanding of sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, exercise prescription as they apply to sports at all levels of participation as well as everyday work and life activity. Hans believes what is most important in healthcare is the profound and fundamental value of communication between CLIENT and PRACTITIONER. As a practitioner, one has to be a good listener to be able to assess, treat, advise, help and collaborate.
“I have always had a special interest in managing and learning more about the knee joint complex. The knee is such a biomechanical compromise – a hinge joint that also rotates! Knee problems attract such a lot of attention from health care practitioners as well as from media commentators who are able to ‘diagnose’ an ACL rupture and offer a return to play prediction to the repeat ACL rupture that finally ends a great career. Then there are also clients, mostly in their later years, trying to decide what to do about a painful, swollen arthritic knee. The challenge has always been there for me to better understand and manage knee problems in an evidence informed and client specific way.”
These days, what gives Hans the greatest satisfaction as a Physio is seeing the person who returns to comfortable activity after months of rehab, who overcomes weeks to months of debilitating back pain, who works a 9-5, M-F job, has family responsibilities, still trains 3 times a week and works incredibly hard to get back to ‘A’ grade.
“My philosophy to patient care is pretty basic – manage people’s movement problems like you would want yours to be managed. For me, it begins and ends with the relationship. As Physios, we spend quite a bit of time with our clients, we communicate with our clients to understand how their movement problems interfere with their enjoyment of life, work and sport participation. Through those conversations, we get to know our clients quite well and most often a good relationship is established. We are a ‘caring profession’ and we are human after all.”
Hans practices as General and Sports Physiotherapist and has achieved Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist status with the professional body in recognition of his knowledge and skills.
His interest lies in most areas of physiotherapy but specifically spinal and pelvic dysfunctions, headache and lower limb injury management and prevention. He has worked with many athletes, young and older, as well as office workers and trades people aiming to manage their acute or persistent pain in a work or recreational environment. Hans is also a long-term keen cyclist which has led to an interest in cycling injury and training load injuries associated with all types of sport and exercise.
Hans has been heavily involved in teaching at undergraduate, post-graduate and speciality Masters level at several tertiary institutions. He completed postgraduate studies in the design and delivery of tertiary adult learning programs. In addition to a full clinical load, Hans embraces his role as a professional Mentor to young and emerging Physiotherapists.
He works collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team inclusive of General Medical Practitioners, Sports Physicians and Spinal and General Orthopaedic Surgeons as well as other Allied Health practitioners for the management of complex conditions.