Perform for life at Life Performance

Jack Hayes

West Melbourne is now home to a new state-of-the-art sports medicine and rehabilitation facility with the opening of Life Performance Sports Medicine.

Offering physiotherapy, exercise physiology, podiatry, massage, and with an exercise and sports physician on-site, Life Performance provides performance pathways for all ages, whether you are a current or aspiring athlete or someone just wanting to improve your day-to-day movement and live pain-free.

Based at 51 Stanley St, West Melbourne, Life Performance is the high-performance extension from the team behind long-standing sports medicine clinic, Errol St Physio, headed by senior physiotherapists, Shane O’Sullivan, and Ben Smith.

Mr O’Sullivan told North West City News the new facilities were critical for his team’s “vision and ability to treat and train, whatever level you are at or vocation you are in, whether it’s elite sports or daily living”.

“Ever since Errol St Physio opened 2004, the business and team have gradually progressed and grown,” Mr O’Sullivan said. “In my time I have seen a revolution in sports medicine … instead of instilling a passive reliance model in people, we need them to be active and educated, and trained to live in their own skin.”


With our new state-of-the-art facilities in West Melbourne, it allows us the space and technology to run highly prescriptive programs founded on evidence-based, industry leading research and training.


“We can create a performance pathway for people of all ages or body types. Whether it’s athletic, youth or lifestyle performance, or people wanting to improve their bone density or muscle mass as they age. Those two things decline naturally, but you can hold it in its tracks with the right training.”

During his decade in the industry working in high-performance sports medicine at teams like Melbourne Victory, Melbourne FC, North Melbourne FC and most recently, Western Bulldogs FC, Mr O’Sullivan has seen a seismic shift in how injuries are treated, and how athletes are trained.

“A lot of people are still in the mindset that if you have pain, you need hands on treatment, and you do for a time, particularly for acute injuries, but the strongest evidence-based practice we can give for typical injuries like lower back or neck pain is exercise, and making sure we stay mobile and stay strong,” he said.

“We have that high-performance blueprint to set athletes on a pathway for success, along with the facilities and expertise to get people of all ages performing and moving to their optimum.”

With eyes on 2024, Mr O’Sullivan said he was looking to expanding their massage services and introducing a qualified dietician.

Whether training for professional sport or helping pick up your grandchildren pain free, the team at Life Performance will set you on the pathway to achieve your functional goals. •

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Caption: L-R: Shane O’Sullivan, Ruby Elder (physio), practice manager Miko Morell and Braden Pullen (physio).

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