Karina Chilman is a Physiotherapist with almost a decade’s experience working in sports, musculoskeletal and performance physiotherapy.
Most recently she has spent two years touring as a Performance Medicine Therapist with Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top production called “Kurios” around Japan, Singapore and Australia. Prior to this she worked primarily in private practice physiotherapy in Melbourne. She has worked with basketball at an international and national level as well as with a variety of other sports, performers and recreational athletes from juniors to professional at both an Olympic and World championship level.
Karina is an experienced clinical pilates and exercise rehabilitation instructor and combines these to work with athletes or those returning to sport post injury/surgery or to reduce overall injury risk. She also has a special interest in the role of exercise in the pre and post natal period in particular the safe return to performance and sport following childbirth.
Karina is currently completing a Masters in Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne gaining an advanced understanding of the wider contributing factors to managing the modern athlete, evaluating research and developing skills in implementing successful health improvement programs in healthcare. She also has additional qualifications in blood flow restriction training, dry needling, mental health, strength & conditioning and injuries to the knee and ankle. Karina has a particular interest in lower limb tendon injuries, managing loads and developing strategies to increase career durability.
Karina enjoys working with the wider multidisciplinary team to ensure all aspects of an individual or groups health is understood and to ensure positive outcomes for her patients.
In her spare time Karina enjoys staying active outdoors, heading home to country Victoria and spending time with her cat Pepper, friends and family.