Sports Physiotherapy is the practice of assessing, diagnosing and treating the human body to restore function, reduce stress and relieve pain commonly associated with sporting activity. This requires a thorough understanding of the how we impact our bodies through activity in order to provide optimal treatment.
Whether you’re an athlete or not Kinetic takes a patient-first approach to every case. We apply the same techniques that have successfully helped some of the world’s best athletes stay on top of their game.
We provide a comfortable, relaxing and fresh environment for our clients right here in the Hunter; the same that you would expect from any world class service provider.
Simply put, Kinetic Sports Physiotherapy exists to offer unique solutions to a range sports and non-sports related injuries and conditions. An active life is a healthy life, and our experience and qualifications will help you to be the best version of yourself.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists specialise in treating injuries and conditions that affect joints and soft tissue (such as muscle, ligaments and tendons). They employ an advanced clinical assessment to provide an accurate diagnosis and a thorough, evidence based treatment plan.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists have been trained in a wide range of treatment techniques and hold a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
They are awarded this title by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and are invited to join the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists Australia (MPA) network.
Our Group exercise classes draw elements from Clinical Pilates, Strength and Conditioning, Weight lifting and functional motor control. Each participant is individually assessed and a program is written to match their musculoskeletal profile, goals and requirements for optimal function.
As a component of each persons program, exercises drawn from Clinical Pilates can be used to improve functional movement, optimise core stability and manage injuries and pain. These can also be an ideal exercise method pre and post-natal as well as improving pelvic floor function.
Our classes are run by Kate Antcliff and Cate Thomas, some of the most highly qualified Clinical Pilates Instructors in the Hunter. You will receive a prior assessment and have a program tailored to your specific needs.
At Kinetic Sports Physiotherapy, we offer the following classes with a maximum of 4 per class:
Functional Group classes using reformer, trapeze table, swiss ball and mat. Individualised programs constructed and supervised by Physiotherapist.
Individualised core strength & motor control using reformer, trapeze & mat based exercises
‘Balanced and wise’ Over 50’s pilates class with added focus on balance skills.
Pregnancy Classes using reformer, trapeze table and mat. Individualised programs constructed and ran by Physiotherapist.
Mat exercise classes using mat, swiss ball, and Pilates ball. This class is run and programmed by our qualified Clinical Pilates instructor.
Individualised assessment and diagnosis
Tailored injury self-management plans
State of the art facilities
Hands on treatment
Referral for imaging services
Group Exercise Classes
Sports taping and strapping
Orthopaedic braces and supports
Weight Lifting coaching
Holding a Master’s Degree in Health Science (Manipulative Physiotherapy) Simon Mole developed advanced skills in the treatment of spinal pain, headaches and jaw (TMJ) pain, and dizziness. His Master’s treatise investigated the links between working postures and the development of neck pain.
In 2007, Simon Mole was awarded the title of Specialist Sports Physiotherapist by examination from the Australian College of Physiotherapists, with the shoulder being his area of specialisation. Simon recently completed the Australian Weightlifting Federation Club Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach Licence course and is now an accredited coach.
Simon Mole regularly gives back to the physiotherapy community, lecturing both nationally and abroad in the fields of sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, the shoulder, elbow and knee, injury prevention and rehabilitation. He consults to the Australian Institute of Sport, Northern Territory Institute of Sport, South Australian Sports Institute and New South Wales Institute of Sport. Simon is also a consultant with the Australian College of Physiotherapists as both a facilitator and examiner for the specialist Sports Physiotherapy Training Program.
His passion, dedication and mastery of sports physiotherapy has allowed him to work with the world’s most elite athletes at the highest levels. These professional achievements included;
Athletics Australia - Wheelchair track athletics team
Australian Men’s Waterpolo
Darwin Mosquitoes Rugby Union for Australian Country Championships
Balmain Tigers Australian Rugby League
St Josephs College, Hunters Hill Rugby Union
Team Physiotherapist Men’s Waterpolo
Weightlifting, Judo and Wrestling
Wheelchair Rugby – Gold Medal
Weightlifting, Judo and Wrestling
She recently completed her certification examination in Clinical Pilates which makes her the only professional in the Newcastle region with this qualification. Kate will be conducting one-on-one and small group Clinical Pilates Classes by appointment.
Since graduating in 2008 Kate has continually improved as a professional and completed numerous courses in sports physiotherapy, clinical pilates, plaster & fibreglass cast application, orthotic prescription, thermoplastic splint construction and hand therapy.
Kate prides herself on educating her patients about their injury and therefore helping them to optimise their body function and go on to enjoy their lives.
Cate holds a Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and has recently enrolled in Masters of Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Cate is an experienced Clinical Pilates instructor.
In addition to her clinical roles, Cate has been involved in clinical research, contributing to the LEAP Study into lateral hip pain through The University of Melbourne. She has lectured to both undergraduate and postgraduate Physiotherapy students.
She is passionate about injury prevention in children and adolescents, and has an overall interest in the role movement patterns have in injury and pain particularly in the sport.
Cate has had the opportunity to work not only within Australia, but New Zealand and the UK, where she has furthered her skills and knowledge in both the musculoskeletal and sporting fields.
Natalie graduated with her Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney in 2011. Upon completion, Natalie has spent time working in Canada, Sydney and more recently in Newcastle.
She has experience treating patients of all ages in a variety of clinical areas; such as musculoskeletal, orthopaedics, post-surgical, sports injuries, paediatrics, and neurological rehabilitation.
Natalie has a keen interest in treating children, adolescents and adults with musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions and sports injuries. She has completed her Clinical Pilates certification with APPI.
Natalie enjoys treating patients with the use of manual therapy, Clinical Pilates, exercise prescription and health promotion, and has a strong passion to make a difference in people’s lives.
Elliot graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). He has a strong passion in both musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy and has gained valuable experience in a number of other areas of physiotherapy over the past six years.
He regularly works in collaboration with specialist orthopaedic surgeons, sport and exercise physicians, neurosurgeons and general practitioners to ensure that all patients receive the highest quality care available.
Elliot has extensive experience working in rugby league. He has worked with the Newcastle Knights for a number of years, including reserve grade in 2017, and more recently has been the physiotherapist for the Elite Junior Pathways Program in 2021. He has also worked in the local Newcastle Rugby League competition for many years. Utilising this experience, Elliot has a particular interest in treating ankle, knee and shoulder injuries.
Beyond his clinical and sporting work, Elliot has engaged in post-graduate study through a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in Melbourne.
Elliot understands the importance of listening to his patients. His management is focussed around thoroughly educating his patients about every aspect of their injury and utilises the most current treatment methods to help resolve their problem.