Updated: Jan 4, 2020
I get a lot of questions about what it is that I do. I think it is hard for people to pin down my service, because it is something many people just have not come across before. So I have created this blog to help answer some of the questions that you might initially have when hearing about CG High Performance.
What do you do?
I am a physiotherapist and a strength and conditioning coach and provide ALL the services that both of those professions offer.
What do you offer?
I can help diagnose and create a comprehensive plan for your injury or pain problem. I also provide ongoing performance testing, programming and monitoring like you would expect from any other strength and conditioning coach.
What are your qualifications?
I am a registered physiotherapist, with Sports Level 2 certification and I am also an Australian Strength and Conditioning Association-certified level 2 strength and conditioning coach. I have over ten years' experience in the high performance sporting environment and have spent many years managing people with complex pain problems. I currently work as a public health researcher for 3-4 days a week in the area of chronic low back pain and knowledge translation, work clinically for 1-2 days a week and I am the performance manager and strength and conditioning coach at Lakes United Seagulls Rugby League club.
What kind of patient do you see?
I would love to help anyone! I am specifically interested in hearing from people who have had a long history of pain and problems with achieving the things they want to achieve. Whether you are having trouble getting moving, or having trouble returning to training following an injury or being in pain or are simply looking to improve your level of performance, you will be served with the highest value care.
I have a special interest in pre-operative and post-operative ACL or sporting knee injury management. I work closely aligned with leading surgeons in the area to make sure you obtain the absolute best result from your knee injury.
Do you do manual therapy?
I enjoy treating people with touch, because I think the therapeutic effects of human contact is something that has real merit. But I personally value my clinical time with you and I want you to get the best outcome possible. Most of the time, this means I have to prioritise this contact in comparison to other higher value options like educating you and making you more resilient. Most forms of manual therapy has been shown, through many years of study, to have a really small effect for the time people spend on it.
So, I may do some forms of manual therapy - but sometimes this might be as simple as showing you the way to move without pain - but only when it is the highest value option. Like I said, this is rarely the case in pain and injury. You will find that most of our time is spent, one-on-one, listening to your story, getting stronger and more durable, or simply finding a way to get you to where you want to be.
What sets you apart from other physios? Why should I see you?
What sets CG High Performance apart from most physiotherapists, is that I specialise in the high performance aspects of returning from injury. So you don’t need to wonder or worry if you are ready to return to sport or training.
I can help you in an really acute stage after an injury - like any other physio can. But unfortunately most physiotherapists generally tend to lack skills when you get to the stage of performing at your highest level again. This is where you may be told that if you don’t have pain anymore, you can get back to what you want to do - no questions asked. Unfortunately this is not ideal, and you may find once you get back to the gym or sport, you find yourself in pain or injured again all too soon. This reflects limited knowledge and practice on the physio's behalf to work through the process of building strength, power, and making you more resilient to injury. This ‘void’ from ‘pain to performance’ is a big reason that people re-injure or continue to have pain - you’re just not where you need to be. You are 80% rather than 100%.
What sets you apart from other strength and conditioning coaches or my fitness coach? Why are you different?
Most strength and conditioning coaches or fitness professionals can’t diagnose or appropriately manage an acute injury or ongoing pain problem.
Through my training and history of dealing with complex injury rehabilitation and pain problems, I can confidently say that diagnosis is a strength. And most importantly, if I don’t know what is going on, I will tell you and make sure you get to someone who can find out.
Coming to CG High Performance means you don’t have to go to your physio or chiro - only to be told you can’t train for a while - and then go back to the gym after months out.
Firstly, I provide a service that is all under the one roof - you can get diagnosed, managed well AND then undergo a progressive rehabilitation program when you are ready. Secondly, one of my main treatment ethos is that you should be able to train around an injury instead of becoming de-trained through the process of injury. So you can 'train around your injury' and hopefully even, improve in areas you want or need to improve, while you are recovering.
I am always a fan of you returning to the place that you normally train, so will make every effort to make sure your normal trainer or coach is involved in everything we do.
Can I claim through my private health fund?
Yes, you can claim initial appointments and ongoing appointments through your private health fund, just as you would with any other health professional.
I provide ongoing programming like an other strength and conditioning coach, which you can’t claim through your private health fund.
How long will I see you for?
The short answer is, as long as it takes. I will work with you for as little or as long as it takes to get you to where you no longer need to see me anymore - whether for injury or performance (remember with CG High Performance, that is hopefully the same thing).
What I will always deliver is a simple plan after our first session, that will nicely outline how long I think it will take to get you to where you want to be (and better).
I don’t follow you up as regularly as most physiotherapists, because I make sure we spend the time and effort initially on getting the basics right. Taking a good history or looking at how you move closely. I generally work off monthly reviews but this can be longer or shorter depending on your needs. I want you to treat that like a ‘check-up’ or ‘review’, where we look at your progress and see if we need to tweak anything.
Do you provide online programming?
Yes, I provide online programming and depending on an agreed-upon service fee, I provide online monitoring. I am currently working with international athletes in this capacity and am happy to discuss these options with anyone interested in achieving their highest level of athletic potential.
Where else can I go to learn more about CG High Performance and your services?
I write regularly for evidence-based networks on topics ranging from ACL injury and recovery to performance and training methods. Here is a link for you to check out: Physio Network
Or follow me on instagram https://www.instagram.com/connorgleadhill/ or facebook https://www.facebook.com/cghighperformance/ for up-to-date evidence-based information and guidance in your injury or training.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch via any of these channels if you want to find out more about getting the best out of your rehabilitation, training smart and harder, improving your pain, and improving your knowledge around your body and performance.