Founding Partner and Principal Physiotherapist at Sports Physiotherapy South since 1995.
Jan Colaco has nearly 30 years of extensive experience in spinal manual therapy including manipulative therapy, rehabilitation and the management of chronic pain using evidence based treatments.
Jan is passionate about helping her patients of all ages achieve their goals – whether it is to get back to the sporting field or workplace, or to remain living independently at home.
Jan Colaco is a recognised APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist, and has worked extensively as an elite sports physiotherapist in Australia and on tour internationally with a wide range of athletes and sporting teams, from local junior athletes through to Australian Representative and Olympic level. She has provided professional physiotherapy for Water Polo, Hockey, Surf Life Saving, Swimming, Snow boarding, Snow skiing, Rowing, Australian Touch Football, OzTag, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Australian Rules Football, Soccer, cycling, Cricket, Softball, Baseball, Dancing, Gymnastics, Netball, Basketball, Athletics, Triathlon, Running clubs, Fun Runs through to Marathons, Motor bike riding, Golf, Equestrian, Boxing and Tennis
Her work with elite athletes has given Jan insight into the need to pay attention to small details in a patients presentation, and to the biomechanics behind every component of the movement chain. With an eye for detail combined with her extensive knowledge Jan is able to quickly and accurately identify the underlying cause behind complex musculoskeletal presentations.
Jan Colaco is a highly experienced physiotherapist skilled in taking a combined approach to manual therapy, using techniques from Maitland, Muscle Energy Technique (MET), McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT), Kaltenborn (Nordic Manual therapy), Mulligans mobilizations with movement (MWMS), and Clinical Pilates based therapy and functional rehabilitation.
With nearly 30 years providing onsite visits to all manner of workplaces including farms, factories, shopfronts and offices, Jan Colaco has extensive experience in ergonomics and workplace assessment. Jan can set up the work environment so that clients are working in an optimal manner with correct ergonomic posture, to maximise efficiency and minimize risk of injury.
Jan has an interest in mindfulness based stress reduction. She is interested in educating patients in how to retrain the brain to facilitate neural pathways in order to optimally enhance recovery. This is particularly useful for chronic pain.
Jan Colaco is dedicated to ensuring that the clinical setting at Sports Physiotherapy South is fully equipped to give the greatest benefit to all patients, and that the treatment protocols followed by our physiotherapists are evidence based and backed by the latest scientific research.
Jan Colaco has advised and lectured extensively to community based groups, sporting teams, sports trainers and coaches, doctors, and other physiotherapists.
Jan’s has many years personal experience playing hockey, OzTag, Touch Football, horse riding, swimming and competing in surf lifesaving, As a mother of two very active athletic children, Jan understands all too well the time constraints of the modern parent and family unit, and the commitment required to be an elite competitor. She aims to provide time-effective treatment and home programs to maximise the speed of your recovery.
Jan continues to play both indoor and field hockey, and having suffered several major injuries over the many years she has played can also understand recovery from injury from a patients’ perspective.
Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy with distinction (Cumberland College of Health Sciences)
Diploma In Practice Management (University of New England)
APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist since 2000
NSW Institute of Sport Accredited Physiotherapist / Preferred Treatment Provider since 1996
MAPA since 1987 – Member Australian Physiotherapy Association, APA women’s, men’s and pelvic health group, APA Sports Physiotherapy Australia Group, and APA Musculoskeletal Group.
Founding Partner 1993 – 1999 – Menai District Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre, Illawong.
Founding Partner 1995 – current – Sports Physiotherapy South, Caringbah.