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Want to know what goes into managing elite Australian Rules players with a lower limb injury. The unique relationship between the athlete and their medical team. The challenges of managing an elite athlete. Then this is your lucky day.  

SMA and Sports and Exercise Podiatry Australia (SEPA) are pleased to announce new dates for the upcoming joint event “Integrating the management of the foot and ankle into the Medical Model for Australian Football”. 

Hear from the people who work at the coal face of AFL with Darryn Sargant (Fremantle Dockers Podiatrist), Renee Kennedy (Fremantle Dockers Physiotherapist), Dr Jonathon Charlesworth (Fremantle Dockers Sports Doctor) and Fremantle Dockers AFLW player and physiotherapist Leah Mascall.  

The 90minute presentation will consist of a short presentation by Sports Podiatrist Darryn Sargant on managing the AFL player from a podiatric perspective followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. This collaborative panel will address the complex role that healthcare providers play in managing the foot and ankle in elite AFL players. 

The event will be MC’d by Matthew Keating.

SMA Members: $25
Non-Members: $75

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Darryn is an experienced sports podiatrist with a blend of more than 25 years in private practice and involvement with elite athletes and sports medicine teams. Darryn currently holds appointments as podiatrist to the Fremantle Dockers Football club AFL and AFLW having travelled previously with state U/18 AFL teams for national carnivals. Darryn’s involvement with AFL has spanned over 20 years. 


Renee Kennedy is an APA Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist, co-owner of Wanneroo Physiotherapy and currently works in a full-time role in the AFL program for the Fremantle Dockers Football Club. She has worked in a private practice setting for 12 years where she gained experience working with patients with sporting injury & musculoskeletal pain and has worked with multiple elite sporting groups including the Australian “Hockeyroos” Women’s Hockey team, WA Netball and also as Physiotherapist for Fremantle’s AFLW Program.  

Jonathon is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician who works across Perth in private practice and as Head Doctor for the Fremantle Dockers. He was an Australian hockey player in another life with the Kookaburras from 2009-2012 and represented Australian in competitions across Europe, Asia and New Zealand. His previous experience in sports as a Team Doctor includes the Australian Under 21 Hockey Team, the Peel Thunder Football Club and the Perth Glory. He now works out of Sports Medicine Glengarry in Duncraig and The Sports Medicine Institute at Challenge Stadium. His passions are team sports and working with all ages to optimise performance. 


Leah has completed a degree of Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science) and a Master of Physiotherapy at Edith Cowan University. Leah has a strong sporting background, with experience in a number of sports at an elite level. Having dealt with multiple injuries herself, Leah is well attuned to the requirements of the athlete and the rigours of rehabilitation. Having seen many teammates deal with injuries over the years, Leah has developed a particular interest in movement screening and functional assessments for injury prevention and performance enhancement in athletes of all ages. She also has a keen interest in pre and post-operative rehabilitation for orthopaedic conditions. Leah’s clinical practice is based on a passion for clinical education and applying the latest concepts to injury management and rehabilitation. She intends to continue her studies in the future and specialise further into her career.