Victor Popov – Sports Physiotherapist
Victor is one of Australia’s most respected and experienced sports physiotherapists- and brings to Moving With Ease over 30 years of knowledge in the area of looking after athletes of all levels.
Where has he worked?
After beginning his career in Sydney in 1985 at St George Sports Medicine Centre, Victor spent the next 25 years working at multi-disciplinary sports medical clinics in Brisbane (St Lucia Sports and Rehab, Agilitas Physiotherapy, Chandler Sports and Rehab) and established QSMC at the Gabba in 2000, where he still consults on a part-time basis.
Victor did work full-time at the AIS in Canberra from 1993-1995, and also worked as a Physio for AIS programs such as Diving, Rugby, Waterpolo and Squash from 1985-2001. From 1999-2008 he worked at the Brisbane Lions AFC as a physio and in the Medical Co-ordinator role for 4 of those years.
Over the years, various teams and organisations have used Victor’s expertise to facilitate injury prevention and management programs, as well as performance enhancement programs. These teams/organisations include:
- Qld Academy of Sport
- Australian Cycling Team
- Australian Swimming Team
- British Swimming
- Russian Cycling Federation
- Ultimate Sports Performance Gold Coast
Other than his full-time work with the Brisbane Lions AFC, Victor has worked with Uni. Qld Rugby Club, Qld Reds, Wallabies in the football area, and with a number of professional cycling teams: Davittamon– Lotto, FDJ, Credit Agricole, DRAPAC– including being at events such as World Championships and Tour de France.
Victor has also worked at a number of Olympic Games- mainly with Swimming and Cycling: 3 with the Australian Olympic Team and one with the Russian Olympic Team.
Over the years, Victor has helped a number of elite athletes achieve their goals- notably cyclists such as Robbie Mcewen, Stuart O’grady, Henk Vogels, Baden Cooke, Brad McGee and more recently Rachael Neylan. Robbie even devoted a chapter of his book ‘One Way Road’ to Victor.
He worked particularly closely with Sam Riley and Susie O’Neil during their very successful swimming careers, and at the recent Rio Olympics, Britt Elmslie and Maddy Groves both sought Victor’s help to overcome injuries and improve their performance.
Other sports personalities have also acknowledged Victor’s contribution to their success: cricketer Shane Watson, AFL player Jason Akermanis amongst others have written about Victor’s positive influence on their careers in their autobiographies.
Current Direction and Philosophy.
Over the last few years, Victor has moved his treatment and performance philosophies towards looking at interventions that target the Nervous System as the primary source of injury and restriction to optimal performance. This has led to the development of the net (neural engagement therapy) program that Victor has been successfully implementing with athletes of all levels. Read more about net.
Combining conventional “hands-on” and exercise based physiotherapy treatment techniques, Victor utilises a variety of holistic and powerful neural-based procedures to help his clients achieve the best possible outcome. With 30 years of experience and an extended network in the sports industry Victor continues to develop cutting-edge treatment and performance programs respected both by his clients and peers.