Tim Schneider B. App Sci (Physiotherapy), MHS (Sports Physiotherapy)

Tim Schneider graduated from the University of Sydney in 1996 and completed his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2007, becoming a Titled APA Sports Physiotherapist (read more about what this means in our blog) in 2008.

Tim spent his first graduate year in Westmead Hospital before spending 2 years working in the UK to fund his love of travelling and gaining experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. After backpacking across Asia, Europe, Africa and Central America with a tent and sleeping mat, he returned to Australia in 2000 and began working in a Sports Physiotherapy clinic in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Part of his work was in specialised orthopaedics, working closely with some of Sydney’s most respected specialists and gaining valuable experience in acute and post-operative cases.


The Sydney Olympics and Paralympics in 2000 proved a pivotal point in Tim’s career where he had the incredible opportunity to work across a variety of sports with elite athletes and watch them train and compete from the best seat in the house. Following this, Tim began specialised Sports Physiotherapy training culminating in his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy. Tim’s focus during his Masters involved research into sports-related lumbopelvic mechanics and lumbar spine injuries particularly in cricket fast bowling and rowing. This has driven his continuing interest in this region and work with the Newcastle Representative cricket sides, rowing and Cricket NSW athletes. He currently specialises in management of lumbar spine, pelvic and lower limb conditions and has a particular interest in ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) rehabilitation and end stage return to athletic performance.

Tim Schneider has provided physiotherapy coverage at National Championships in Rugby Union, Hockey, Gymnastics and Rowing. He has also worked with Manly Sea Eagles Juniors, Manly Premier league Soccer as well as provided physiotherapy services at many City to Surf fun runs, Sydney half marathons and numerous Oxfam treks. (However, one of his most memorable experiences was working on the rebooted TV series of “Gladiators” in 2008, where he just managed to avoid all TV coverage!).

Tim then worked for many years in North Sydney Sports Medicine Centre with some of Sydney’s best Sports Physicians and Sports Physiotherapists, working with Premier AFL and Shute Shield Rugby Union, as well as the Australian Handball team.

Tim moved to Newcastle after the birth of his first child for a better work/life balance, however remains passionate about educating other physiotherapists. He has been a clinical supervisor for physiotherapy students for the past 10 years and taught on the undergraduate program at the University of Newcastle. Over the past 6 years, Tim has been regularly engaged by the Australian Physiotherapy Association for specialised Sports Physiotherapy courses, lecturing on the shoulder, spine, hip/groin, and lower limb injuries.

Tim is constantly updating his knowledge with research through regular professional development and study. He has established treatment paradigms for a criteria-based ACL rehabilitation, as well as post-operative pathways following lumbar spine and adductor surgery.

Tim takes time to listen to his patients and understand the uniqueness of their condition which allows more effective diagnosis and formulation of an individualised approach to the condition. He uses a methodical, structured approach with a focus on education of the client to fully appreciate the causes of injury to allow them to better engage in the rehabilitation process.

As part of the Sports Physiotherapist team at Newcastle Sports Medicine, Tim continues to be involved with:

When not at work, Tim has his hands full with 3 young children and tries to find time for the occasional run or game of tennis. He still dreams of travelling again one day!