Exercise advice and programs in a safe and structured environment

Exercise, at the correct intensity and duration not only improves quality of life, it decreases the incidence and helps treat cancer, diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure, osteoarthritis, depression, and obesity among countless other major health issues.

"Regular physical activity, at the correct intensity, is so powerful in maintaining and improving health that it should be prescribed, just as a medicine or drug would be"

Whether starting a new exercise program, trying to recover from an injury or surgery, or just knowing that you are getting appropriate guidance, starting a new activity can however be a daunting process. Exercise physiologists are much more than personal trainers; as university graduates their qualification covers not just appropriate training programs, but also importunately how to work with your injury or medical condition to get you your best results, efficiently and safely.

Our process

Whether recovering from an ACL surgery or treating your diabetes, the key is making your program work for you. Therefore, getting to understand your goals and unique situation is the first step. An evaluation of your health and fitness is then undertaken, after which prescriptive exercise programming is introduced to compliment your goals, rehabilitation of injury, or treating your medical condition. Sports specific programming for performance as well as injury prevention (such as ACL prevention programs) are also available.

The clear majority of modern diseases (Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and others) are heavily influenced by our fitness. While focus in the media has traditionally only been paid to obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other issues, we now know that lack of exercise or fitness is far more important than any one of those risk factors.

"Smokeadiabesity: Smoking, diabetes, and obesity combined are a lower risk to your health than lack of exercise"

So whether as treatment for your injury or medical condition, or prevention of a future injury or potential future medical condition (such as diabetes), appropriate exercise therapy is truly ‘exercise is medicine.’

Regular exercise can:

  • Significantly improve overall health
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease by 40%
  • Lower the risk of stroke by 27%
  • Reduce the incidence of high blood pressure by almost 50%
  • Reduce the incidence of diabetes by almost 50%
  • Reduce mortality and the risk of recurrent breast cancer by almost 50%
  • Lower the risk of colon cancer by over 60%
  • Reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by one-third
  • Decrease depression as effectively as medications or behavioural therapy

We look forward to keeping you healthy, active and happy in whatever you choose to do, and welcome you to meet our exercise physiologist and team.

Seeing an Exercise Physiologist is the Answer!

Do you or someone you know has any one of the below conditions:

  • Diabetes (Type 1 or 2)
  • Osteo-Arthritis
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Weight management issues
  • Post-operative Rehabilitation issues
  • COPD or Asthma
  • Parkinsons Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • A History of Falls
  • Body Deconditioning

All these above conditions can be helped by increasing your levels of physical activity.  The trick is finding someone who understands your specific problems or conditions, who can help guide you, help to motivate you, and put in place a plan that will give you results.

Introducing Stephen, our Exercise Physiologist.


Exercise Physiology uses the physiological adaptations of exercise to help treat, manage and prevent chronic conditions that will impact on an individual’s health and well-being.

An exercise physiologist is specifically trained to prescribe the correct type of exercise based on the chronic condition present, and specialises in the treatment of that condition, the management of that condition and the prevention of further chronic conditions in a safe, supervised environment.

Exercise has also been scientifically proven to aid mobility and strength which helps to reduce pain, and also improve symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Your Exercise Physiologist will get to know you and your specific problems that you need help with, then design and guide you through your targeted fitness & rehab program.

At other gyms you may well get some young inexperienced gym instructor who knows nothing about your particular condition and just gives you a ‘one size fits all general program’ that may need be appropriate or very helpful!

You need a specific program designed just for you, with expert eyes watching your technique and progressing you through

Our on-site gym is for our client’s use only. There are no leotards in sight or sweaty weight lifters trying to compete with you.

Our gym has all the equipment required to suit your rehab needs.

There will only be small numbers in our gym at any time. You won’t have to compete for machines.

‘An exercise physiologist is trained to understand and help treat conditions chronic illness conditions.’

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Our exercise physiology services can offer clients a wide range of options including:

  • 1 on 1 supervised sessions in our specialised rehabilitation gym

  • group classes

  • private gym membership

  • home exercise program

Meet Our Exercise Physiologist

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Facebook — October 18, 2017

The Sports and Arthritis Clinic (SPARC) in conjunction with My Physio SA welcome you to join the Introduction to Strength Training for Female Runners Program. Strength training plays an important role in training for female runners, as it can improve performance and reduce the risk of developing an injury.What is it? The group program is run by our Exercise Physiologist with input from a sports physiotherapist and podiatrist. The program is 8 weeks in duration, broken down into the introduction phase, strength endurance phase and running specific training phase. The aims of the program are to teach you the practical skills and techniques of strength training and provide information on the following topics: • What is strength? • Why strength training is important for a female runner • How to fit strength training into your running plan • How to maintain a strength training planTime The program will run in the SPRAC gym on Thursday evenings at 6:15 pm to 7: 00 pm, commencing Thursday 26th of October and finishing Thursday the 14th of December.Cost The cost is $280.00 for the 8 weeks. If you have private health insurance you be eligible for a rebate under Exercise Physiology and a receipt will be provided at the end of the program to claim, contact your health care provider for details. Contact DetailsPh: (08) 8234 9707 Email: reception@sportclinic.com.au Website: www.sportsandarthritisclinic.com.au

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Facebook — October 18, 2017

The Sports and Arthritis Clinic (SPARC) in conjunction with My Physio SA welcome you to join the Introduction to Strength Training for Female Runners Program. Strength training plays an important role in training for female runners, as it can improve performance and reduce the risk of developing an injury.What is it? The group program is run by our Exercise Physiologist with input from a sports physiotherapist and podiatrist. The program is 8 weeks in duration, broken down into the introduction phase, strength endurance phase and running specific training phase. The aims of the program are to teach you the practical skills and techniques of strength training and provide information on the following topics: • What is strength? • Why strength training is important for a female runner • How to fit strength training into your running plan • How to maintain a strength training planTime The program will run in the SPRAC gym on Thursday evenings at 6:15 pm to 7: 00 pm, commencing Thursday 26th of October and finishing Thursday the 14th of December.Cost The cost is $280.00 for the 8 weeks. If you have private health insurance you be eligible for a rebate under Exercise Physiology and a receipt will be provided at the end of the program to claim, contact your health care provider for details. Contact DetailsPh: (08) 8234 9707 Email: reception@sportclinic.com.au Website: www.sportsandarthritisclinic.com.au

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Facebook — October 17, 2017

What is a Sports & Exercise Physician?They are doctors with specialist training in the management of musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses to maximize function and minimize disability and time away from your sport, work, or school. After graduating from medical school, a minimum of a further 7 years is required along with various examination and research requirements to gain an ACSEP fellowship.Did you know SPARC has 2 out of 4 Sports & Exercise Physicians currently working in South Australia?Find out more about Dr Geoffrey Verrall and Dr Duncan Walker on our website!#SportsPhysician #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #ExercisePhysician #Specialist #MuscularSkeletal #Sports #ExerciseIsMedicinehttps://www.sparc.com.au/how-we-can-help/sports-physicians

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Instagram — October 16, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS Dr Duncan Walker for passing his final Sports & Exercise Physician exam on the weekend! This means that Dr Walker has gone through med school to be a GP and then went on further to complete his 7 years of Sports and Exercise Physicians training and is ONE of FOUR in South Australia!Keep and eye out for our next post which explains what a Sports & Exercise Physician is (the difference between them and a Sports Doctor and a Surgeon) and what they can do you help you! #SportsPhysician #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #ExercisePhysician #Specialist #MuscularSkeletal #CleverCookie #HardYards

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