Members of the Climbing Physios

Julia Brambilla Smith, PT, MSc (ITA)

I’ve been working as a Physical Therapist and growing Osteopath since my first degree in 2015, one year after I started climbing. The hunger for knowledge lead me to expand my horizons integrating Chinese Medicine and Biodynamics to the structural osteopathic approach.
Currently practicing in the north western area of Italy, I set up Verticandwith the aim to be a reference for climbers, to inform and treat allround injuries and finger complaints.

My love for climbing runs along alpine multi pitches, big walls and sport climbing.

„Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. The will must be stronger than the skill.”

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Olaf Panozzo, PT (ITA)
I am a Physical Therapist and a passionate climber, working in the Arco area in North-Eastern Italy. I founded my practice FisioRock with an idea: to put together two passions to create the missing link between my climbing community and an accurate, updated and efficient sport-specific care.

I’m specializing in climbing injuries and hand therapy, exploring all the emerging new approaches in manual therapy and exercise science, to integrate diverse approaches into my practice.

„It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

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James Walker (GBR)

I’ve been working as a physiotherapist for the last 10 years having qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 2009. My passion for climbing started shortly after moving to Sheffield and I’ve been regularly climbing on the gritstone of the Peak District ever since.
I set up ‘Sheffield Climbing Clinic’ at the start of 2019 as a way of providing up to date, evidence based treatment to climbers. I am due to start a MSc in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound imaging next month which will allow increased accuracy of diagnosis within the clinic.

It’s currently an exciting time to be part of the climbing community and it’s great to be part of a growing number of therapists who are keen to help build the knowledge base in prevention and treatment of climbing injuries.

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Quang Tran, PT, DPT, FAFS (USA)

I graduated from a Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2015 and completed fellowship training not too long after.

Climbing is an emerging sport and is becoming more popular. It’s important that the information on climbing rehabilitation stays up to date so that climbers receive the appropriate care they need and deserve. I’m happy to be part of this community and look forward to helping however I can.

Currently I practice out of Austin, TX and specialize in climbing injuries. My practice utilizes Myofascial Release Therapy combined with a custom exercise program to help climbers get back to the crag without using pain medications, injections, or surgeries.

“Getting to the top is nothing, how you get there is everything.” – Royal Robbins

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Skye Fisher, MScPT (CAN)

I am a physiotherapist practicing in Newfoundland, Canada. I graduated with a Master’s degree in physiotherapy in 2015, and have since completed multiple courses working towards my Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy.
I have been climbing since 2013; I have always enjoyed sport climbing but have focused more on bouldering in recent years.

Currently I am working with the Newfoundland Junior Climbing Team. I’ve treated many injured climbers in the local community, I feel that my advanced manual therapy training makes my assessment and treatment of climbers more effective. I often use hands-on techniques to complement a directed therapeutic exercise program.

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