Starting from the roots in Melbourne back in 2011 and training down at CrossFit StKilda under the watchful eye of Paris Little. It was then that as a young physiotherapist that the idea for Evolutio developed. I believe it grew under a certain amount of necessity from the high intensity training society. The essential fact is, individuals and athletes need support staff, coaches and medical/allied health professionals who understand them as people and who understand exactly what training their doing, and the demands this places on the various areas of the body.

I felt as though the elite sport, CrossFit, Powerlifting and Oly Lifting communities needed a location or a number of locations that would provide amazing advice and treatment, which was personalised, with practitioners who are passionate about the training that their clients are doing. A team of individuals who believe that an injury shouldn’t be a reason to stop training and give up, it should be a reminder to train smart, improve your technique, work on your strength weaknesses and allocate more time to recovery, mobility and stability work.

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Evolutio has grown from being a one man show educating hundreds of athletes and coaches throughout Australia in 2012 and 2013, to establishing its roots in Melbourne and aiming to improve a CrossFitters, Olympic Lifters and Powerlifters experience in training. We know that issues and injuries are inevitable, the gyms we work with also understand this. Any gym that doesn’t is kidding themselves.

So it’s about doing everything we can to prevent them. This includes Pre Screening athletes with a Physiotherapist when they first sign up, and then about being prepared and ready for when an athlete my break down, whether its in an acute (sudden) or chronic (built up) way.  This means simple things like having first aid kits, ice packs, injury assessment forms like the one we have created here for our coaches course and of course personally booking the athlete in with a Physiotherapist for an assessment. That’s care and support.

The majority of the athletes that Evolutio currently sees are from CrossFit Hawthorn East, 3101 Workshop in Kew, GW Performance in South Yarra, Charge CrossFit in Northcote and CrossFit Soul Rebel in Thornbury. We work directly with the owners and coaches at these facilities to feed information on pre-screened athletes, injured athletes diagnosis, scaling options and timeframes for return to training.

We see this as being the future for this type of training. Integrated models, with open communication channels across the different domains, training and rehabilitation. We also aim to expand the support network available to the individual athlete. For many athletes, this type of training is difficult, damn difficult. It becomes even more difficult if injury and pain restricts training and a restriction in training affects their life. By having a medical professional who understands the demands of the training support the athlete and guide the coach, we’ve found that 95% of the athletes who come through our doors return to training with their original gym.  

As we gear up to 2015, Evolutio is expanding its clinic locations into Kew at 7/3 Wellington Street, and South Yarra at 55 Garden Street at GW Performance as we aim to increase our surface area and the sheer number of athletes we can reach and gyms we can help. We hope to add pre-screening to more affiliates and gyms within Melbourne as we plan to employ 5 Physiotherapists in the new year.

We hope this is the model for the future, we hope to meet you and If you’re a gym owner, I hope that you’ll be on board with us soon.

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Alex Drew is a Physiotherapist and Founder of Evolutio which strives to provide 'Innovation in Athlete Treatment and Education'. Evolutio has just opened in Kew and will soon be opening in South Yarra, Melbourne for specialising treatment and advice for sporting athletes, CrossFit athletes, Powerlifters and Olympic Lifters.

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