Melbourne CBD Physiotherapy: Experience, Excellence, Results

Tim Sayer

Clinical Director

Senior Physiotherapist

Dr Tim Sayer is a leading clinician in the diagnosis and management of knee injuries, having completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in physiotherapy related to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture and patellofemoral (knee cap) pain.

He maintains an active research role with world leading collaborators and facilitates physiotherapy education as a lecturer at The University of Melbourne. While he frequently manages patients with knee injuries, he also routinely consults on hip, elbow, wrist, spinal and back injuries. Tim is passionate about improving outcomes in all musculoskeletal injuries.   

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Physiotherapy Positions 

  • Clinical Director Melbourne CBD Physiotherapy
  • University of Melbourne – Research and Lecturer
  • Titleist Performance Institute Physiotherapist
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association – Sports Committee Member (Victoria)

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, Physiotherapy), University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Melbourne

About Tim

Tim Sayer is an experienced physiotherapist holding a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) and Bachelor of Science (Hons) degrees from The University of Melbourne. He is a Co-Director at Melbourne CBD Physiotherapy with a wealth of physiotherapy experience, having previously worked in Europe as a physiotherapy educator developing curriculum for new graduates. 

He currently conducts knee-related research alongside his colleague Nick Cross with world leading researchers from Australia and Netherlands, sits on the Australian Sports Physiotherapy Association committee and maintains a casual lecturer role within the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at The University of Melbourne. 

Tim is also an avid golfer having played competitively as a junior and a member of Kingston Heath Golf Club. He currently manages a number of promising young amateurs on their way to becoming professional. Through his in-depth human movement and sports physiotherapy knowledge, coupled with a certification from the Titleist Professional Institute (TPI), he has the experience to screen golfers, diagnose injuries and provide golf specific rehabilitation and performance programs for any golfer. 

You’ll find me in my spare time enjoying time with my wife and two young boys, cycling somewhere in Melbourne or playing golf. 

My philosophy to physiotherapy is to listen carefully to patients, comprehensively assess their injury using appropriate metrics, and provide an open and honest plan on how to manage their injury.

The best piece of advice I’ve received is  ‘it’s ok to fail, as long as you’ve learnt from it“. This has taught me to trust my instincts, have a go and if it didn’t work out, use it as an experience to progress in the right direction. 

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Research & Publications

Tim is passionate about sports medicine research, which is why he maintains an active research role at The University of Melbourne and volunteers as a committee member for the Sports and Exercise Group at the Australian Physiotherapy Association, promoting professional development and education pathways for registered and student physiotherapists. He has published a number of journal articles, with a particular focus on rehabilitating ACL injuries. 

Journal Articles
  • Mechanism of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Loading during Dynamic Motor Tasks (2021)

– Azadeh, N, Lloyd, D.G., Bryant, A.L., Headrick, J., Sayer, T., Saxby, T. (2021). Mechanism of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Loading during Dynamic Motor Tasks. Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, 53(6), 1235–1244. [Read Here]

  •  Running-related muscle activation patterns and tibial acceleration across puberty (2020) 

– Sayer, T. A., Hinman, R. S., Paterson, K. L., Bennell, K. L., Hall, M., Allison, K., & Bryant, A. L. (2020). Running-related muscle activation patterns and tibial acceleration across puberty. Journal of electromyography and kinesiology: Official Journal of the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology, 50, 102381. [Read Here]

    • Functional Brain Plasticity Associated with ACL Injury: A Scoping Review of Current Evidence (2019) 

    – Neto, T., Sayer, T., Theisen, D., & Mierau, A. (2019). Functional Brain Plasticity Associated with ACL Injury: A Scoping Review of Current Evidence. Neural plasticity, 2019, 3480512. [Read Here]

    • Differences and mechanisms underpinning a change in the knee flexion moment while running in stability and neutral footwear among young females (2019) 

    – Sayer, T., Hinman, R., Paterson, K., Bennell, K., Fortin, K., Kasza, J., & Bryant, A. (2019). Differences and mechanisms underpinning a change in the knee flexion moment while running in stability and neutral footwear among young females. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 12. [Read Here]

    • Differences in Hip and Knee Landing Moments across Female Pubertal Development (2019) 

    – Sayer, T. A., Hinman, R. S., Paterson, K. L., Bennell, K. L., Fortin, K., Timmi, A., Pivonka, P., & Bryant, A. L. (2019). Differences in Hip and Knee Landing Moments across Female Pubertal Development. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 51(1), 123–131. [Read Here]

    • Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Research (2017) 

    – Dobson, F., Hinman, R. S., Hall, M., Marshall, C. J., Sayer, T., Anderson, C., Newcomb, N., Stratford, P. W., & Bennell, K. L. (2017). Reliability and measurement error of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recommended performance-based tests of physical function in people with hip and knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and cartilage, 25(11), 1792–1796. [Read Here]

    • Effect of high and low-supportive footwear on female tri-planar knee moments during single limb landing (2018)

    – Sayer, T. A., Hinman, R. S., Paterson, K. L., Bennell, K. L., Fortin, K., & Bryant, A. L. (2018). Effect of high and low-supportive footwear on female tri-planar knee moments during single limb landing. Journal of foot and ankle research, 11, 51. [Read Here]

      • Hsp72 preserves muscle function and slows progression of severe muscular dystrophy (2012)

      – Gehrig, S. M., van der Poel, C., Sayer, T. A., Schertzer, J. D., Henstridge, D. C., Church, J. E., Lamon, S., Russell, A. P., Davies, K. E., Febbraio, M. A., & Lynch, G. S. (2012). Hsp72 preserves muscle function and slows progression of severe muscular dystrophy. Nature, 484(7394), 394–398. [Read Here]

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