Education Courses

Flexibility in rehabilitation and performance

About the course

The aims and intentions of this course are as follow: 

-  To educate clinicians on the fundamental importance of flexibility for human movement and performance

-  To highlight the deficiencies of conventional range of movement assessment tools used and provide a more complete framework to determine an individuals flexibility capacity

-  To introduce the connective tissue/fascial system in order to allow practitioners to have a more complete and clinical understanding of anatomy. This information helps explain the interconnectedness of different regions and the importance of not fixating on the symptomatic area.

-  To discuss the misinformation surrounding stretching and how to effectively integrate it into rehabilitation and high performance programs

Although theory will be discussed to justify clinical guidelines, there will be a strong focus on practical demonstrations to allow participants to experience the effect of the movements and patterns discussed in addition to develop the competency to apply them clinically.


About the presenter Jack Williams

Jack currently works as a principal physiotherapist and strength and conditioning coach at Melbourne Athletic Development in Abbotsford. He also works in a teaching role at La Trobe University whilst dedicating much time to independent research.

After completing his physiotherapy studies, Jack commenced a three year yoga apprenticeship under the guidance of Duncan Ewing (Founder and Principle of Yoga Arts Academy). This provided him with an approach and method that has greatly influenced my clinical approach. In order to understand the neurophysiological mechanisms underpinning the clinical effects he was observing with applying yoga modalities, he completed my Masters in Exercise Science. This greatly enhanced his knowledge of the scientific foundations which is a primary element to the clinical framework I use.

This pathway has lead him to develop this course to share and educate health practitioners of the necessity of flexibility for treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and optimising health and performance skills

Upcoming course date Sunday, 21st July 2019

Running Mechanics Workshop - Theory and practice for performance and injury.

This event aims to provide in depth understanding of the theory and practice of how to assess, apply and coach running mechanics in pursuit of improving performance and reducing injury. The content has been created to assist health professionals, sports preparation professionals and sports coaches with understanding running mechanics and its application to performance and injury.

Date: Sun. 14th April 2019. 9:30 am – 4:30 pm AEST

Location: Melbourne Athletic Development (418 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, VIC 3067)

Cost: $200 

Key Topics

  1. Understanding determinants and assessing acceleration and high speed running performance

  2. Application of training and mechanical principles in practice for improving acceleration and high speed running

  3. Practical running solutions for performance improvement

  4. Guidelines and methods for return to running following injury

Course Educator

Melbourne Athletic Development aims to be leaders in the pursuit of improved performance and injury management.

Founder, principle physiotherapist and speed coach, John Nicolosi, combines a background in track and field coaching (nationally ranked track sprinters 100-400m), physiotherapy and a master in exercise science to bring empirical experience as well as a wealth of theoretical understanding to this course.

The course is focused on delivering high level practical education of how to assess running, improve speed and reduce injuries.