Congratulations to SMA members Ebonie Rio and Trish Wisbey-Roth who will feature as keynote speakers for the New Horizons in Sports Medicine Conference on Saturday 23rd May 2020.

Ebonie Rio is a Post Doctorate researcher at La Trobe University and has completed her PhD in tendon pain, Masters Sports Phys, Ba. Phys (hons) and Ba. App Sci. She is a titled Sports Physiotherapist and consults privately as well as at The Victorian Institute of Sport. Her research has been awarded Victorian Fresh Scientist of the year 2015, ASICS SMA Best New Investigator 2004, 2013 & 2014 in Clinical Sports Medicine, best clinical science Pain Adelaide 2013, BJSM young investigator Best Clinical Paper 2014 and the Professor Mollie Holman medal for the best thesis of the faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University 2015 and the ECR best paper 2015. Her clinical career has included Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Ballet Company, Australian Ballet School, Melbourne Heart football club, Alphington Sports Medicine Centre, Victorian Institute of Sport, Commonwealth Games 2006, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics, 2012 London Paralympics, 18 months travelling with Disney’s The Lion King stage show (Melbourne and Shanghai tour) and she was awarded the Post-Graduate Scholarship at the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) in 2007.

Trish Wisbey-Roth has been a physiotherapist for over 20 years and completed her Sports Physiotherapy Masters at the AIS Canberra as well as her Post Graduate Manipulative therapy training in the Kaltenbourne/Evyenth system. Her expertise in the management and treatment of musculo-skeletal problems with emphasis on spinal stabilisation (cervical and low-back) has led to her becoming a Titled Sports Physiotherapist. She has also been working as an Olympic Physiotherapist since 1996. At present, she has created BOUNCE Back Spinal Strength and Stability System for physiotherapists which is a program designed for individuals aiming to improve core strength and control.

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The conference is relevant to all those involved in Sports Medicine lead by convenor Professor George Murrell. It will be held at The Auditorium Research & Education Building, Ground Floor 4-10 South Street, Kogarah NSW on Saturday 23rd May 2020.

Topics to be discussed include:


  • What goes wrong?
  • Accelerating recovery of acute musculoskeletal pain using non-invasive brain stimulation
  • Bracing for tennis elbow
  • Bracing for shin splints
  • Tennis elbow strategies to get the best bang for buck


  • Shoulder stiffness post rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder stiffness post SLAP repair
  • Shoulder operations
  • The fate of sutures post rotator cuff repair
  • What factors determine successful rotator cuff repair
  • Patches for irreparable rotator cuff tears

Lower Limb

  • Interrogating neutral representations in elites athletes with persistent posterior thigh pain
  • Management of lower limb tendinopothy
  • Exercise for back pain, does it work?
  • Tendinopothy of the foot