Ross Smith OAM
Ross Smith has over 40 years’ experience in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, including with the Australian Olympic Team and the Australian Army.
Ross has worked with the VFL/AFL Fitzroy Football Club and the Australian Women’s Hockey Team. In 1984, he was made a Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation. In the same year, he began working with the Australian Olympic Team, he served twice as a team Physiotherapist and then four times as the Chief Physiotherapist.
In 2006, Ross joined the Australian Army Reserve as a physiotherapist in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps. He became a Special Services Officer and graduated with the rank of Lieutenant.
In 2010, Lieutenant Smith was posted to a Special Forces Unit, where he was involved in the rehabilitation of injured 2 Company, 1 Commando Regiment members returning from Afghanistan. After observing Special Forces training courses, he identified the common problems for the soldiers undertaking these high-intensity activities and developed physical training programs for both injury prevention and rehabilitation that were of significant benefit to the company.
From 1988 until 2014, Ross was a Member of the Australian Olympic Committees Medical Commission. From 2010 until the present, he has been a Member of the Academic and Clinical Standards Committee of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s Sports Physiotherapy Australia. From 1996 until the present, he has been a Patron Member of the Victorian Epilepsy Foundation.
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