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Servicing the Northern Rivers, such as, Lismore, Ballina, Goonellabah, Wollongbar, Alstonville, Nimbin, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, Kyogle, Coraki and Casino

About the Physiotherapist

Experienced physiotherapist in Lismore

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    Principal physiotherapist Karl Sprogis has many years of experience in the field:

    2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast. Karl is pleased to announce that he will be part of the Medical Team during the games.

    2000 Sydney Olympic Games

    2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne

    2009 World Masters Games, Sydney

    2012 Alice Springs Masters Games

    1999 X1Vth Intercontinental Baseball Cup, Sydney, 

    In 1998 Karl was awarded the APA Sports Physiotherapist title. From 1999-2001, he was a director on the Board of Management of the North Coast Academy of Sport and in 2001, Karl was with the NSW Institute of Sport. From 2001-2003 he was on the Medical Disputes Panel of the NSW Motor Accidents Authority . Between 2006 and 2014, Karl was a clinical educator at the School of Physiotherapy (University of Sydney) and since 2008 has been a Quality in Practice physiotherapist surveyor.

    Work experience

    Karl holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland (1978). After his graduation, he worked in various public hospitals where he gained experience in the fields of intensive care, coronary care, orthopaedics, rheumatology, surgical wards, outpatients, rehabilitation, oncology, respiratory and neurological physiotherapy.

    Between 1980 and 1984, Karl worked at the private physiotherapy clinic “Thermalbäder” in Switzerland. In those four years, he managed to gain experience in outpatient treatment. He also taught hydrotherapy to students from Basel University and he co-taught post-graduate manual/manipulative therapy courses to doctors and physiotherapists.

    During this time, Karl was able to learn more about manipulative therapy, hydrotherapy and neurology. Upon his return to Australia in 1985, he established his own private practice, which he’s still working at today.

    Work outside the clinic

    Apart from working at the clinic, Karl also enjoys lecturing sports groups, work organisations and classrooms. He has provided physiotherapy advice to the local population through newspaper articles, radio and TV and he continues to devote a significant portion of his professional life to postgraduate study.

    Karl helped organise Australia's first advanced McKenzie Spinal Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy course and he’s been published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

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    Karl being presented the Sports Physiotherapist Title at the 1998 National Sports Medicine Australia's Conference by Rachael Sporn, member of the Australian Women's "Opals" Basketball Team, silver medalists, 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
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    Ultra-marathon runner Pat Farmer receiving physiotherapy treatment from Karl during his 1999 run around Australia.

    Pat's 14,986 kilometre (8,992 miles) run was made in the record time of 195 days: an incredible performance averaging 77 kilometres (46 miles) every day for 195 days. Pat received physiotherapy support throughout his marathon run.

    Sporting experience

    As a sports fan, Karl has performed volunteer work for local sports clubs such as the Marist Brothers Major League, the Far North Coast Representative Baseball Clubs and the Lismore Lions basketball team. In the late 90s, Karl was also the physiotherapist for the International Friendship Series and for the X1Vth Intercontinental Baseball Cup.

    In 2012, he was the physiotherapist for the Alice Springs Masters Games and, in 2009, he worked at the World Masters Games. Karl also volunteered as a physiotherapist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. 


    In his free time, Karl enjoys spending time with his wife and his two adult children. He loves the outdoors, surfing, mountaineering and skiing. In 2013, he joined the Ballina 4WD club. He has crossed the Simpson Desert, travelled the Flinders Ranges and Central Australia and he’s looking forward to more Australian adventures.

    If you’d like to get in touch with our clinic, please call us on 02 6622 1696 .

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