Chris Evens is our newest recruit at Aspire, having just made the very wise decision to migrate north from Sydney. Chris graduated from University of Sydney in 2015, after completing his Masters in Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Health Sciences. Chris has committed to continuing his study journey and has already commenced the Graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in Melbourne, his first step on the way to specialisation in Sports Physiotherapy. Chris joins us following 3 years at a clinic in Ultimo where he worked under the guidance of very experienced mentors.
Chris has complemented his time in private practice with gaining valuable experience working with elite sports teams. This currently includes contracting to Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia, touring internationally to Dubai with the U16s Australian Cricket team, to Chennai with the Cricket Australia National Performance Squad and also New Dehli with the Australian Deaf Cricket Team for the first ever World Cup. Chris has also worked with the NSW Blues, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder. Chris is the appointed Physiotherapist for the Australian Deaf and Vision impaired ability team, and the NSW Indigenous Cricket team, and many players were also regular patients in his practice in Sydney. Aside from cricket, Chris has worked for the Tasmanian Womens Hockey Team, Central Coast Mariners Womens Academy, Sydney Cricket Club, NSW U18s and U16s Rugby League Teams, Tonga Rugby League U16s, and the Husskison Triathlon. Chris has spent a lot of his working life so far gaining broad experiences, honing his skills with a variety of different sporting groups and athletes. In the clinic, Chris worked closely with the ABC TV network in developing a screening and monitoring protocol for their full time puppeteers and cameramen, helping to reduce the risk of injury and managing overuse pains and problems in these repetitive and unique roles, requiring excellent problem solving and reasoning. Ultimately, Chris loves returning people back to what they enjoy doing most, and with a better understanding of what it takes to perform at their best.
Like many physiotherapists (and certainly all of ours here at Aspire!) Chris has endured his share of injuries from his younger cricketing days, from lumbar stress fractures, a dislocated elbow and shoulder plus countless broken fingers. So Chris certainly knows what it’s like to be a patient, and he understands the injury recovery process. Just like his colleague Patrick Fleming here at Aspire, Chris’ own injury experience led to his interest in a physiotherapy career, and in particular lower back injuries, stress fractures and their prevention. Chris’ work has included managing the rehabilitation of these injuries from young teenage players to being involved in looking after Australian Test cricketers. Chris’ interest in research resulted in co-authoring a 3 year study of injuries in first grade cricketers in NSW that was published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal (click on the link to open). Chris’ particular special interests are in the management of lower back, shoulder and knee pain in active people.
Chris still enjoys playing cricket when he can, and now he is a Coastie he is learning to surf and has also taken up martial arts. Chris is also a regular snowboarder and arrives to us ready to get back to work after a month on the slopes in Canada.
You can be assured that you are in excellent and well qualified hands as Chris works with you to help you back to your best.