B. Physiotherapy (Uni of Sydney, AUS)
Eleanor (Ellie) completed her physiotherapy degree at the University of Sydney with a Scholars Award which recognizes academic excellence for undergraduate students. With a background working with performance athletes in Australia, Ellie is a strong believer in active recovery which has been associated to promote wellbeing. She uses a combination of manual therapy and functional rehabilitation to assist clients to achieve their goals and getting back to doing what they love.
Having represented Hong Kong in rugby such as the Asian Youth Games, Ellie understands the physical and mental demands encountered by athletes. She uses her knowledge and experience in injury management for athletes of all ages and levels of sport.
In addition to her clinical work at PhysioCentral, Ellie is currently the head physiotherapist for the Hong Kong Ballet looking after the health and wellbeing of 50 professional ballet dancers. She has toured with the company, performing Septime Webre’s Romeo & Juliet, in the USA. She has also managed over 14 different productions including the creation of Coco Chanel: the Life of a Fashion Icon by choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; and StellaLou’s Wonderful Wishes Ballet, in collaboration with Hong Kong Disneyland. Ellie has also had the opportunity to treat world-renowned guest dancers such as The Royal Ballet’s Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov, and Berlin State Ballet’s Iana Salenko during the classical production of La Bayadère by Vladimir Malakhov.
Ellie is passionate about education and injury prevention for performance athletes. She has implemented a wellbeing initiative at the Hong Kong Ballet focused on a proactive preventative approach to injury management. This includes an injury surveillance system; pre-season injury screening tests using VALD Health, human measurement technology; and seasonal periodisation principles around workload and tapering rehearsals to help reduce injuries. Moreover, she has collaborated with various health professionals to create wellness programs for professional dancers and to integrate ongoing prehab into rehearsals to reduce injury risk and enhance performance.
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