The Hip Course – Managing Hip Instability Level 2

Melbourne 19 May 2019

Hip Instability may be described as a direction-specific sensorimotor disorder of the hip and has emerged as a common condition in hip pain patients. Despite the anecdotal disability for this subgroup, active research is lacking in this area to guide diagnosis and treatment.

This course will cover the clinical process of diagnostic distinction of those with frank instability of the hip and those who present with a direction-specific sensorimotor disorder, previously termed micro-instability. The specific management planning and execution for these different presentations will be reviewed.

Leanne Rath (FACP) will present a three stage objective battery of tests, which can help identify the direction-specific sensorimotor disturbance and the active entry point for rehabilitation. Generous practical time will be allocated to practice the assessment process and to practice each entry-level exercise specific to each clinically identified direction. Information regarding presenting symptoms, adaptation to prolonged symptoms, adaptation to pain and potential course of resolution will be discussed based on exposure to this subgroup of hip pain patients clinically. Clinical Reasoning Tasks will be incorporated to consolidate learning.


Sunday $420 (Early Bird $370 before April 5).

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The Hip Joint Series 

Ideal for any clinician wanting a progressive and complete overview of the hip, these 3 days of the HIP SERIES will take you from HIP JOINT BASICS, fundamentals of functional anatomy, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, to the detail and subtlety of MANAGING HIP JOINT forces and INSTABILITIES of the ‘ball in socket’.  In the HIGH PERFORMING HIP a focus upon load transfer around the hip and groin with a special focus upon adductor magnus will be explored.


Book the full series and save: $1000 early bird, $1080 full price.

Leanne Rath

Specialist Sports Physiotherapist (FACP)

Leanne is a SPECIALIST SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPIST (FACP). She is one of only seven physiotherapists in Victoria with this clinical specialty attained through Fellowship exams conducted by the Australian College of Physiotherapy. Since graduating from LaTrobe University in 1990, Leanne has gained extensive work experience with The Australian Ballet (2006-2008), The Australian Institute of Sport (1998 – 2005), the Olympic Games (with The Australian Gymnastics Team, Sydney 2000), the Commonwealth Games (Manchester 2002) and in private practice.

Leanne’s areas of special clinical interest are related to the hip, pelvis and groin; foot and ankle; chronic pain management; dance injury management/prevention; gymnastics injury management/prevention; athletic and running injuries; and any recalcitrant sports injury presentation. She also lectures extensively on these topics.

Her diverse team involvements have developed broad experience and perspective. Leanne is also interested in alternative paradigms of injury management, including tensegrity and dynamical systems approaches.

Leanne has further experience in sports injury management including international appointments with the Australian World University Games Track and Field Team (1998), The Australian Swimming Team (1997), The Australian Women’s Volleyball Team (1998-2003), The Australian Netball Team (1993-1996) and the Australian Masters Hockey Team (1991/1992). Her national work experience has covered most Olympic sports including AIS men’s soccer, AIS track and field and AIS women’s volleyball program. She was also assistant physiotherapist to North Melbourne Giants Men’s NBL Basketball team (1996-1997) and provided general servicing to both residential AIS programs and camp based sports passing through the AIS (1998-2005).

Leanne’s professional experience in dance includes working as physiotherapist to The Australian Ballet (2007 – 2009) and consultant physiotherapist to Bangarra Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company and The Royal New Zealand Ballet Company. She also accepts direct referrals related to dance injury management in her private practice work. Leanne has lectured on the Level 1 and Level 2 Dance Courses (APA) educating physiotherapists on the management of the lower back and pelvis for dance. She has co-presented (with Paula Baird-Colt) as a podium presentation at International Association for Dance, Medicine & Science Conference (Canberra 2007) and is a current member of IADMS.

Leanne has also completed Level 1 and Level 2 Clinical Pilates instructor courses (DMA).