Physio mak­ing moves on in­jury

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By SHAN­NAN OSRIN

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.

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Craig So­ley (right) trains West Perth Foot­ball Club player Ray Bartholomew.

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