BRUCE RAWSON


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (Qld University) 1985
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) 1989
  • Masters Sports Physiotherapy 1999
  • Fellow Australian College of Physiotherapy (Awarded by Australian College of Physiotherapy May 2010)
  • Specialist Sports Physiotherapist (Awarded by Australian College of Physiotherapy May 2010)
  • Assistant Professor Physiotherapy, Bond University
  • Level 2 Sports Power Coach: Australian Coaching Council
  • Level 2 Olympic Weightlifting Coach: Australian Weightlifting Association

ABOUT BRUCE:

Bruce Rawson is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy and has over 20 years clinical experience that includes working as a treatment based physiotherapist in private practice along with working as Team Physiotherapist for many Professional, State Representative and Australian National teams including the Australian Olympic Team (2004) and also as Head of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation for the Gold Coast Titans Rugby League Team in the NRL (2006-2009).

In 2004 Bruce traveled to Athens as Physiotherapist for the Australian Olympic Baseball team, 2004 Olympic Silver Medalists, where Bruce was responsible for maximizing performance and recovery as well as acting as team physiotherapist. With over 20 years experience as a Physiotherapist treating Australian Baseball players Bruce is well recognized for his expertise in shoulder and elbow injuries.

Bruce's experiences in sport combined with a degree and extensive background in exercise science have assisted him to develop significant expertise in the development of High Performance Sports Programs. Throughout his professional career Bruce has taken on lecturing positions to educate other physiotherapists, fitness professionals and the general population in appropriate injury management and prevention. This had led to Bruce becoming involved in University education of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Physiotherapy programs along with Undergraduate Exercise Science degree programs. Bruce's experience and expertise have further been recognized with Bruce being appointed as Convener of the Masters of Sports Physiotherapy Program at Griffith University from 2002-2005. Bruce also holds the position of Assistant Professor at Bond University, having lectured in Sports Science and Physiotherapy within the Faculty of Health Science and Medicine. Bruce also consults to the Australian Weightlifting Federation, lecturing in coach education programs as well as assisting to develop the level III Sports Power Coach Accreditation in conjunction with holding level II Sports Power Coaching Qualifications.

Bruce's passion is the integration of evidence based exercise into treatment and rehabilitation. Bruce currently consults privately as a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist at Pindara Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine on the Gold Coast. Bruce also consults as a Clinical Leader in the Neurosurgical Screening Clinic and Orthapedic Physiotherapy Screening Clinic at Gold Coast Hospital, Qld.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND POSITIONS:

  • Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association, 1988 - Present
  • Chairperson, Queensland Sports Physiotherapy Group 2008- 2010
  • Committee Member, Queensland Sports Physiotherapy Group 2006- Present
  • Member Australian Physiotherapy Association SPA Professional Standards Committee 2010 - Present
  • Examiner, Australian Physiotherapy Association SPA Sports Titling 2010- Present
  • Committee Member Australian Physiotherapy Association Titling Advisory Network 2012 - Present
  • APA Course Accreditation Education Advisory Committee 2012- Present
  • Sports Medicine Queensland Board of Directors - Vice President Physiotherapy 2011 - Present
  • Member of APA 2013 Physiotherapy National Conference Scientific Committee

CURRENT CONSULTANCY POSITIONS:

Oct 2010 - Present
Athlete Performance and Medical Manager, Australian Baseball League

May 2007 - Present
Athlete Performance and Medical Manager, Australian Baseball Federation

May 2007 - Present
Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty, Doctor of Physiotherapy Program, Faculty of Health Science and Medicine, Bond University

2004 - Present
Education Consultant to Australian Weight Lifting Federation Duties involve the provision of advice and support to the AWF in regard to coach/athlete education curriculum design and delivery. Engagement in high performance clinics and provide guidance and hands on injury prevention and rehabilitation commensurate to weightlifters demonstrating intermediate to elite performance levels.

2001 - Present
National Sports Medicine Manager, Australian Baseball Federation Duties involve coordination and provision of Sports Physiotherapy services, contribution as member of Sports Science/Sports Medicine Committee planning Australian Baseball programs aimed at Olympic Games 2004.

2001 - Present
Head Physiotherapist, Australian Baseball Federation Duties involve coordination and provision of Sports Physiotherapy services to Australian Senior Mens Baseball Team.

2001 - Present
Director of Medical Services, Major League Baseball Australian Academy Program
Duties involve coordination and provision of physiotherapy, sports science, and sports coverage to the MLBAAP program.

PROFESSIONAL CONFERNENCES AND APPEARANCES:

"An Alternative Test for Assessment of Dynamic Elbow Valgus Instability in the Throwing Athlete"
Free Paper; 4th International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists, Nagoya, Japan April 2013

"Physiotherapy Led Neurosurgery Screening Clinic - Implementing a New Model of Non -Surgical Spinal Pain Assessment and Care
Free Paper; Neurosurgical Society of Australia Annual Conference, Gold Coast Oct 2012

Physiotherapy Led Neurosurgery Screening Clinic - Implementing a New Model of Non -Surgical Spinal Pain Assessment and Care
Free Paper Presentation; Australian Physiotherapy Association Annual Conference, Brisbane 2010

Invited Speaker; International Olympic Committee Advanced Team Physiotherapists Course Brisbane November 2011. Presentation to physiotherapists from the National Olympic Committees of the Oceania region with an introduction to the core competencies expected at a post graduate level of a Sports Physiotherapist providing services to athletes in a team environment

Principal Invited Speaker; Advanced End Stage Shoulder Rehabilitation WA Sports Physiotherapy Upper Limb Conference; Perth, November 2011

Invited Speaker; Advanced End Stage Rehabilitation of the Shoulder, SEPA Conference (Shoulder & Elbow Physiotherapists Australasia), Brisbane August 2011

Upper Limb Clinical Outcome Measures for Return to Sport
Australian Sports Physiotherapy Conference, Cairns October 2007

Recovery: Lessons and Questions from Australian Baseball
Australian Strength and Conditioning Association 2006 National Conference, Seaworld Nara, November 2006

Advanced Rehabilitation Exercises for the Athletic Shoulder
Australian Strength and Conditioning Association 2006 National Conference, Seaworld Nara, November 2005

Exercise Prescription for the athlete with Low Back Pain: A Performance Model
Invited Speaker: Plenary Session: Qld APA 2005 "Merging Mind and Movement" Conference Australian Physiotherapy Association National Annual General Meeting. Yeppoon May 2005

Invited Speaker: The Shoulder
Australian Radiographers National Conference, Jupiters Casino July 2002

Stronger, Happier, Healthier: Resistance Training for the Mature Population
Filex International Fitness Conference, Sydney, June 2000

RESEARCH INEREST AREAS:

  • The Throwing Athlete
  • Recovery in Elite Sports
  • Shoulder Rehabilitation
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Rehabilitation in Rugby Sports
  • Neurosurgical Outpatient Spinal Models of Care
  • Enhanced Orthopaedic Recovery
  • Leadership and Management in Advanced Physiotherapy
  • High Performing Teams

PREVIOUS CONSULTANCY/EDUCATION POSTS

2004 - 2005
Co-Convenor, Masters of Sports Physiotherapy Program 
School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University.

2002
Convenor, Masters of Sports Physiotherapy Program 
School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University.

2002 - 2004
Convenor, Injury Prevention and Management PES3007 
School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University.

1998 - 2006
Sports Physiotherapy Consultant, Co-ordinator Baseball Sports Science Technical Committee, Queensland Academy of Sport 
Duties involve the coordination and management of physiotherapy, sports science and medical support to the Queensland Academy of Sport Baseball Squad. Emphasis is on the provision of education services to athletes and coaches.

1994 - 2006
Sports Physiotherapy Consultant, Queensland Academy of Sport 
Duties involve the delivery of physiotherapy services to Queensland Academy of Sport athletes. Emphasis is on the provision of musculoskeletal screening, physiotherapy treatment and education services to athletes. Senior Consultant Physiotherapist Tennis and Baseball Programs

1998 - 2005
Sessional Lecturer 
School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University

  • Delivery, assessment and monitoring of Physiotherapy Masters level post-graduate clinical education
  • Delivery, assessment and monitoring of undergraduate Physiotherapy education, and
  • Course convenor responsible for the delivery, assessment and monitoring of undergraduate Exercise Science education.

INVOLEVMENT WITH TEAMS AND ASSOCIATIONS:

Olympic Games

  • Australian Baseball Team Physiotherapist, Sports Medicine Coordinator
  • 2004 Athens Olympic Games Silver Medallists

Rugby League

  • Head of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Jetstar Gold Coast Titans Rugby League Team Oct 2006- July 2009

Australian Rules Football

  • Physiotherapist, Gold Coast Stingrays Australian Rules Football Team. Queensland State Development U/18 Competition 1999,2000,2001
  • Physiotherapist, Broadbeach Australian Rules Football Club 1992 - 1996, 2002
  • Physiotherapist, Brisbane Bears AFL Football Team, Australian Football League, Post Season 1990, Season 1991 - 1992, Gold Coast based players seasons 1993 -1997
  • Physiotherapist, Palm Beach-Currumbin Australian Rules Football Club, 1994, 1995

Rugby Union

  • Physiotherapist, ASMF coverage Rugby Union, Queensland Country vs Western Province (South Africa) Gold Coast 1993
  • Physiotherapist, Western Japan Rugby Union Team, Queensland Tour June 1994

Baseball

  • Australian Team Physiotherapist, 2011 World Baseball Championships, Panama, Sept-Oct 2011
  • Australian Team Physiotherapist, 2007 World Baseball Championships, Taiwan, Oct-Nov 2007
  • Australian Team Physiotherapist, 2006 World Baseball Classic, USA
  • Australian Team Physiotherapist, 2005 World Baseball Championships
  • Physiotherapist, Australian Olympic Baseball Team 2004
  • National Sports Medicine Coordinator Australian Baseball 2001-Present
  • Sports Medicine Coordinator, Major League Baseball Australian Academy Program 2001-Present
  • Physiotherapist, Australian National Baseball Team, World Championships Qualifying Event, Guam. May 2003
  • Physiotherapist, Australian National Baseball Team, World Championships, Taipei, Taiwan. November 2001
  • Season 2000 - 2001 Sports Medicine Coordinator, International Baseball League Australia
  • Physiotherapist, Australian National Baseball Team, Taiwan Pre-Olympic Four Nations Tournament, Taipei, Taiwan. March 2000
  • Physiotherapist, Australian National Baseball Team, Japan Four Nations Tournament, Kobe, Japan, June 1998
  • Physiotherapist, Australian AAA Baseball Team, World Championships Moncton, Canada, July-August 1997
  • Physiotherapist, USA Allstars, Australian Baseball League Allstar Game December 1997
  • Physiotherapist, Australian AAA Baseball Team, Goodwill Game Series, USA August 1996
  • Physiotherapist, Australian AAA Baseball Team, BFA Asian Series, Lismore NSW Dec.1994 - Jan 1995 (Silver medallists)
  • Physiotherapy Co-ordinator, Queensland Baseball Academy, 1994 - Present
  • Physiotherapist, Daikyo Dolphins Baseball Team, Australian Baseball League, Seasons 1991/2 & 1992/93
  • Physiotherapist, Gold Coast Cougars Baseball Team, Australian Baseball League, Seasons 1993 - 1998
  • Physiotherapist, Australian AAA Baseball Team, World Championships, Boston USA, August 1995 Bronze medallists

Tennis

  • Uncle Toby's WTA Women's Qld Satellite Circuit Physiotherapist 2003

Swimming/Surf Lifesaving

  • Physiotherapist, Miami Swimming Club Olympic Games Trials, Canberra 1992

Kayaking and Canoeing

  • Partner of practice responsible for Australian Institute of Sport Kayaking and Canoe Unit, Gold Coast, Qld 1990 - 1999

Other

  • Head Physiotherapist/ Physiotherapy Coordinator 2005 Australian University Games
  • Head Physiotherapist/ Physiotherapy Coordinator 2002 NCUSA University Games
  • Physiotherapist involved with numerous Gold Coast sporting clubs at grass roots level - Gymnastics, Athletics, Surf Lifesaving, Rugby League, Triathlon, Rugby League
  • Physiotherapist in practice responsible for treatment of Gold Coast Chargers (ARL), Seasons 1997/98 and Burleigh Bears (Qld State League) 1996-1999

PERSONAL INTERESTS AND SPORTING EXPERIENCES:

Surfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Open Water Swimming, Olympic Weightlifting, travel, family, extended scope physiotherapy practice, Shoulder and Elbow injuries in sport, AFL football

Sporting Experiences:

  • Finisher, Australian Ironman Triathlon Championships, Foster-Tuncurry, Australia 1995
  • Australian Waterpolo Team, World Student Games, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 1983
  • Queensland Waterpolo U/18 State Team Member, Australian Waterpolo Championships, 1982
  • Victorian Waterpolo U/18 State Team Member, Australian Waterpolo Championships, 1981
  • Victorian Schoolboys Waterpolo Team Member, Australian Schoolboys Waterpolo Championships, 1981,1982
  • Victorian Sate League U/16 Waterpolo Best amp; Fairest, 1981
  • Victorian All High Schools State Swimming Championships Gold Medallist 1979, 1980, 1981

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