Sam Davison, BSc (Hons) Physio (UK), APAM, Principal Physiotherapist,
Barangaroo Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Clinic
Hi Sam! Tell us a little bit about yourself – where did you grow up, and how did you end up in physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation?
I grew up in the coastal town of Devon in the south-west of England. From a young age, I had a passion for sport and exercise - I spent all of my time outside, and was involved in almost every school sport!
The peak of my training allowed me to compete internationally in 2002 and 2003, where I represented England as a junior black belt in TaeKwon-Do. We had a heavy training schedule, which resulted in me spending a lot of time with the physio! I then volunteered as an assistant physio in a small private practice where I got experience “hands on” what the job would entail. This experience got me accepted into the University of the West of England where I studied for 3 years full time.
When did you realise you wanted you specialise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy?
Having worked in a large teaching hospital in Leeds, I had a number of rotations in various areas of physiotherapy, which gave me a lot of insight into the different areas and specialties. At the end of the day, however, my background in competitive sport meant my passion was in all areas of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy - particularly injury rehabilitation and injury prevention - so that's the path I decided to go down.
If you were a professional athlete, which would be your sport of choice?
If I could do any sport professionally, I'd pick skiing. I absolutely love the snow! And perhaps when the summer comes - scuba diving (if you count this as a professional sport!)! There's a whole new world underwater and so much of it is still waiting to be discovered.
What do you get up to outside of work?
Long walks in the blue mountains, swimming in the ocean, running, cycling, and scuba diving. As long as it's outdoors, I'm happy!
What inspired you to open a new clinic at The Streets of Barangaroo?
Jerome [Finkelstein], our other Principal Physiotherapist, has been wanting to open a clinic in Barangaroo for many years. He brought me down to the neighbourhood when much of it was still being built, and we’ve followed the development since.
We were so thrilled to be offered the opportunity to open a clinic in what is the most remarkable, evolving suburb of Sydney and we can't wait to start working with our neighbours.
What are you loving most about working at The Streets?
Without doubt - the location, and everything that comes with it. Harbour views from the office, the vibrant people here, the initiatives that are already taking place, as well as the wealth of services, restaurants and shops available on our doorstep. It really is a one-stop-shop for all of the people living and working in the area, and we're so glad to be a part of it.
Sam spending some time under the sea
Barangaroo Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Clinic is now open on Level 1, 400 Barangaroo Avenue (above Joe & The Juice). To book an initial consultation, call (02) 8599 9811 or book online.