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Staff Profile

Peter Blanch

APA Sports Physiotherapist
Masters Biomechanics
Associate Profressor, Griffith University
Consultant - Swimming Australia, Australian Sports Commission
 

Peter has been working in elite sport for almost 30 years, and is highly regarded in the Sports Medicine field, in Australia and internationally.

He was the Head Physiotherapist for Australian Team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and he is also on the Australian Commonwealth Games Medical Advisory Board.

Peter has developed extensive understanding, experience and expertise across the issue of 'load management' in sport - working with sports to find solutions to the balance between training, performance and injury.

He has recently (2014/2015) taken up a role as an independent contractor with the Australian Sports Commission and Swimming Australia. A primary goal of this position is to assist the case management of the top swimmers in Australia - through the development, uptake and use of electronic monitoring systems in the ongoing management of athletes.

From 2011 to 2014, Peter was the Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager for Cricket Australia (this role also included 'load management' strategies  for injury prevention), and he was on the I.C.C. Medical Commission.

Peter spent over 20 years at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). He worked with most sports, but more so with basketball, cycling, triathlon and swimming (he was on the Swimming Australia Sports Science and Medicine Advisory Board for 12 years).

For 13 years he was a physiotherapist for Australian Swimming. This involvement included;

  • 3 Olympic Games
  • 5 Commonwealth Games
  • 4 World Championships

Whilst at the AIS, in addition to his work with the sports programs, Peter was the Clinical Research Manager – responsible for the direction of physiotherapy and sport research at the Institute. He has over 40 peer reviewed publications, and is an Associate Editor of the “Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport”.

Peter’s experience and expertise is recognised throughout Sports Physiotherapy, and he is regularly asked to present on Post Graduate Sports Physiotherapy programs around the country, and at national and international conferences.

Peter joined the Clem Jones Physio and Rehab team (part-time) early in 2014. This role allows Peter to continue his clinical work in addition to his consulting roles.

The Clem Jones Clinic is very excited to have Peter on board. He brings experience that will benefit all sporting and active clients.