Meet our Co-founders


Randall Cooper


Co-founder, Curator & Presenter @learn.physio

Sports Physiotherapist & Expert in Sports Skincare Adjunct Senior Lecturer @latrobeuni

CEO & Founder @premax.co

Randall is an internationally recognised sports physiotherapist. As a sports physiotherapist Randall has worked with some of the world’s most notable sporting organisations including the Australian Winter Olympic Team and Hawthorn Football Club and has played pivotal roles with numerous Olympic champions and professional athletes.


Randall is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, Adjunct Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, co-Author of the world’s most read sports medicine textbook Clinical Sports Medicine, and regularly delivers keynote presentations at sports medical conferences around the world.

Mick Hughes


Co-founder, Curator & Presenter @learn.physio

Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) titled

Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

Consultant @Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre

Mick Hughes is the co-founder of Learn.Physio and an APA titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist. He consults at the Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre, and has a strong clinical interest in ACL injury prevention and rehabilitation, seeing approximately 20-30 ACL injured patients a week.


With his passion of improving outcomes in ACL injured patients, he helped develop the Melbourne ACL Rehabilitation Guide with Learn.Physio co-founder, and APA titled Specialist Sports Physiotherapist, Randall Cooper. Outside of his clinical role and sharing online education, Mick spends his time with his wife and young family, and his Border Collie. 

Contributors


Meet our guest Masterclass hosts!


Adam Culvenor

Non-Operative ACL Masterclass

Adam is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Research Fellow, Head of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Knee Injury Group and Senior Research Fellow within the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. His research focuses on the outcomes of ACL injuries, in particular the prevention and management of early knee osteoarthritis in young adults following ACL injury and reconstruction.

Brooke Paterson

Non-Operative ACL Masterclass

Brooke is a physiotherapist, graduating from La Trobe University in 2011. Brooke has worked in hospital, private practice and sports settings, and is currently completing her PhD at the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. In 2020 she completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor Kay Crossley, investigating the impact of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) on the lives of young adults (early osteoarthritis, symptoms and quality of life), and how potentially modifiable factors are associated with changes over time.

Sue Mayes

The High Performance Hip Masterclass & The Athletic Ankle Masterclass

Dr Sue Mayes has been the Principal Physiotherapist of The Australian Ballet since 1997 and is the Director of Artistic Health. Sue also consults for professional sports teams in Australia and overseas. Sue was appointed Adjunct Research Fellow at La Trobe University following completion of her PhD in 2017 and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University in 2018.

Ivan Astori

The Adolescent Knee Masterclass

Ivan graduated from The University of Queensland Medical School in 1994 and completed my orthopaedic fellowship training in 2003. While working at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ivan developed a particular interest in limb deformity and lengthening surgery using external fixation and hip reconstruction for conditions such as Perthes’ disease, developmental dysplasia of the hip and slipped upper femoral epiphysis.

Hi other special interests include all aspects of paediatric orthopaedics, adult hip and knee surgery including joint preservation, replacement surgery and sports injuries.


Ebonie Rio

The Athletic Ankle Masterclass

Ebonie is a National Medical Research Centre post doctoral research fellow at La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre. She completed her Phd in neuroscience and tendon pain, Masters Sports Phys, Ba. Phys (hons) and Ba. App Sci. 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 Monash University 2015 and the ECR best paper 2015.

Joanne Kemp

The High Performance Hip Masterclass

Joanne Kemp is a Research Fellow at Latrobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, and is a titled APA Sports Physiotherapist of 20+ years’ experience. She is also an adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention, Faculty of Health, Federation University Australia. She completed her PhD at University of Queensland in early 2014. Her thesis was titled ‘Factors associated with outcomes following hip arthroscopy’.

Joanne has presented extensively on the management of hip pain and hip pathology in Australia and internationally.

Ryan Timmins

Hamstring Masterclass

Ryan brings a mix of experience and academia, having co-authoring some of the most impactful hamstring literature and worked within professional sport.

Having completed his PhD in hamstring injuries Ryan has done a lot in advancing our understanding of the anatomy and rehabilitation behind hamstring injuries. Today, we're excited to share Ryan's valuable experience and knowledge in hamstring rehabilitation and injury prevention.

Peter Brukner

Hamstring Masterclass

Co-author of what's considered the bible of sports medicine, Brukner & Khan Clinical Sports Medicine Injuries we're excited to have Peter onboard.

Having served two terms as president of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians and worked in numerous professional sporting codes such as Liverpool FC (English Premier League), Melbourne and Collingwood (AFL), Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing and assessing hamstrings.

Loretta O'Sullivan-Pippia

The Adolescent Knee Masterclass

Loretta is a specialist sports physiotherapist with a sub-speciality in adolescents in sport (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2007).

In addition to a Bachelor in Physiotherapy (UQ1993) and a post-graduate diploma in sports physiotherapy (Curtin 1997), I have a doctorate in clinical physiotherapy (U of M 2011).

Her doctorate focused on adolescents in sport and advanced practice physiotherapy and her research investigated knee cap pain in active adolescent females.