Physio making moves on injury
PERTH’S PhysioFit founder and professional athlete Craig Soley has been helping athletes heal their bodies after injuries for more than 10 years.
Mr Soley said starting his sporting career in karate more than 30 years ago helped him understand how athletes train and recover.
“I was doing karate at a national and international level and in 1988 I won my first of 13 national titles, with four world titles and six Asia Pacific titles along the way,” he said.
“Doing karate is a whole-body sport and you have to be strong but also flexible.
“I work with a lot of footballers and they do a lot of strength work, but not a lot of flexibility, so they get injured a lot. I think having that balance makes a big advantage to how you move and your injury resilience.”
Last year Mr Soley moved out of private practice and started treating his patients mainly in PhysioFit.
“I think it works much better here, because my approach to treating people isn’t just lie them down on a bed and do treatments,” he said.
“I do some passive work with them but I do like to get people up and moving and give them exercises and show them how they can improve.”
In 2012, Mr Soley helped West Perth Football Club to the grand final as strength and conditioning coach.
Craig Soley (right) trains West Perth Football Club player Ray Bartholomew.