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APA Sports Physiotherapist

An APA Sports Physiotherapist is a highly qualified professional with expert knowledge and skills in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sport injuries. In addition they are experts in movement analysis and exercise prescription.

An APA Sports Physiotherapist has completed 4 years of University studies as an undergraduate and a further 2 years of postgraduate studies to receive a Masters Degree in Sports Physiotherapy. They have a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, crisis management, assessment and treatment of joint and muscle condition. In addition, an APA Sports Physiotherapist has undertaken further studies specifically in the management of sports injury.

An APA Sports Physiotherapist is a member of the Australian Sports Physiotherapy Association (APA) and is bound by its professional Code of Conduct. They have undergone a rigorous selection process to ensure that they have the level of experience and knowledge t be awarded the title.

Today the title serves as the professional mark of specialization and distinction for physiotherapists practicing in the field of sports physiotherapy.

APA Sports Physiotherapists Treat sports people of all ages and abilities, recreational to elite athletes, athletes with disabilities, teams and individuals.

An APA Sports Physiotherapist can:

  • optimize your return to sports after injury
  • resolve chronic pain and prevent further injury
  • enhance your sporting performance and sports technique
  • increase your flexibility, muscle control and strength
  • educate you on how to self-manage your condition

APA Sports Physiotherapists are highly trained and experienced in:

  • Crisis management, enabling them to take immediate care of injuries on the field - all have Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid certificates
  • Providing skilled diagnosis of sporting injuries
  • Correcting muscle imbalances and posture
  • Prescribing exercise programs for specific injuries
  • Biomechanical analysis of sports technique to improve sports performance and prevent injury
  • Providing education about injury management, prevention and maximizing sporting performance
  • Designing stretching programs for teams and individuals
  • Advising on appropriate warm up, cool down and recovery programs
  • Providing musculoskeletal screening and injury prevention programs
  • The provision and co ordination of physiotherapy coverage at sporting events from club to international competitions
  • Liasing with coaches and members of the allied health care team to ensure a coordinated approach to maximize your performance

APA Sports Physiotherapists emphasize 'hands on' management of your sporting condition.

Earlwood Physiotherapy is located at 15 Lewins Street Earlwood, opposite the back Coles Car Park.

Open Monday-Friday 8.30am-6.30pm, Saturday mornings by appointment.

No referral necessary, Hicaps is available

To make an appointment please telephone 02 9559 7359

Parking is available in the Coles car park or on our premises.

About us

We are a highly experienced group of Physiotherapists with a special interest in sports injuries and orthopaedic rehabilitation.

Efrem Bunguric is an APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist who has worked extensively in sport over 20 years. He has worked in NRL rugby league, NSL soccer as well as National Teams including the Socceroos and Kangaroos. He has also covered under 19 State of Origin, International tennis and World Title boxing. Efrem is currently the Physiotherapist with Sydney Olympic Soccer Club. He is also a Registered Bounce Back practitioner with special interest in core strength and sport specific dynamic lumbo-pelvic control. He has designed the Hard Core Soccer program which is is a program of spinal & pelvic stability exercises combined with speed and agility training which focuses on improving spinal strength, balance and co-ordination as well reducing the risk of lumo-pelvic related disorders.

Moustafa Moutasallem is a 3rd year graduate Physiotherapist who has experience in both hospital and private practice physiotherapy. Moustafa is the physiotherapist for the Sydney Olympic 1st Grade Soccer team and has a special interest in Orthopaedic rehabilitation and sports injuries.

Brendon Ford has a postgraduate Masters in Physiotherapy with a graduate degree in Exercise Science. Brendon has a special interest in muscle energy techniques and clinical based exercise rehabilitation. He has worked predominately in private practice treating patients from a variety of sporting and performance based backgrounds. He has special interests in treating sports injuries from rugby league and is the 2011 Club Physiotherapist for the Sydney Olympic Junior Soccer Club and the Kingsgrove Colts A-Grade and Bundaberg Cup squads.


At EB Physiotherapy we pride ourselves on our Evidence Based approach to treatment, the quality of manual and exercise treatment options, a commitment to research and offering the best treatment options for individuals needs. All of our physiotherapists complete further education programs and we encourage our physiotherapists to gain post-graduate qualifications. We expect our physiotherapists to maintain the highest ethical and professional standards.


The program is designed by APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist Efrem Bunguric. Efrem has extensive experience in Australian Soccer which began in 1988 as team Physio for Sydney United Soccer Club (NSL National League Runners Up 1988), holding this position for 4 successful seasons. He was also team Physio and Strength & Conditioner for Sydney Olympic Soccer Club in 1996, 2000 (NSL National League Champions) and 2001 (NSL National League Runners Up). He was team Physio and Strength & Conditioner for the Australian Socceroos in 2001 for the Oceania Tournament.

My philosophy is "Injuries and soccer performance can be directly affected by improving foundation lumbo-pelvic core strength. In my practice I see injuries such as low back pain, the sporting groin, hamstring and hip flexor muscle strains even the sporting hernia on a daily basis. What concerns me is that these chronic overload injuries are presenting in patients as young as 12 years of age. These conditions require intensive core strengthening as treatment. My plan is to get to the problem before it develops into a chronic condition that not only reduces optimal sports performance but can potentially end a players career. This program is designed to teach players how to adopt the ideal posture, how to run and kick with correct biomechanics and maintain this ideal posture during sport. You can't build tall buildings on weak foundations".

Work Related Injuries

In 2005-2006, 6.4% of Australia's working population experienced a work related injury or illness, a total of 689,500 people. These injuries do not only occur whilst at work, but to and from work. The causes of such injuries are numerous, whether it is a result of heavy lifting, mechanical stress as a result of repetitive movements, falls, or postural stress.

Our physiotherapists will work in conjunction with your doctor and the insurance company to develop a return to work plan. This will include appropriate stretching and / or strengthening exercises, as well as education on how to avoid further injury and resolve the problem if it were to resurface in the future.

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