Pitch Ready is the culmination of 10 years’ research and development and over 30 years’ experience in professional sport. We utilize an innovative blend of consultancy and software-as-a-service (SAAS) solutions to reduce injury risk for high performance athletes.
With a focus on pre-injury reduction strategies and return-to-sport (RTS) testing at its core, Pitch Ready biomechanical testing and clinical interventions were developed following Dr Tim McGrath’s PhD research – to help inform decision making processes in the professional sporting teams he was involved with.
While the research highlighted how effective 3D motion analysis was at quantifying injury risk and rehabilitation themes, it also emphasised limitations in traditional data collection and processing methods. Getting accurate data into a useable format backed by evidence-based practice is both time consuming and challenging for even the most experienced sports scientist and clinicians – often requiring high performance teams to choose speed over accuracy which leads to poor outcomes.
Pitch Ready’s SaaS platform was developed to automate key processing and reporting functions and ensure that evidence based, robust and repeatable 3D biomechanical data can be captured and processed efficiently. The unrivalled processing speed and innovative applications have allowed Pitch Ready to provide pre-injury kinematic assessments to entire squads at their own training facility rather than in a laboratory. Since 2018, our solutions have been utilized and validated by professional sporting teams from 16 different sporting leagues across Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom & most recently the United States – in sports that have historically high incidence of lower limb injuries. We pride ourselves on working with teams to implement broad based injury reduction strategies and generate informed interventions that actually facilitate changes in athlete programming – both pre and post injury.
PhD. APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist, APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist & APA Research Physiotherapist
Tim is a Sports Physiotherapist with nearly 20 years professional practice & professional sport experience since graduating in 2002. Tim completed his PhD from the Research Institute of Sports & Exercise (UCRISE) at the University of Canberra on the topic of ACL rehabilitation and return to sport following knee injury in 2016. Tim’s clinical expertise focuses on lower limb rehabilitation, and he regularly conducts clinical consultancy to professional sporting teams within Australia and also overseas for complex cases following lower limb injury. He developed Pitch Ready (www.pitch-ready.com) which combines cutting-edge data science with clinical insights to optimize squad-based injury prevention strategies across organizations as well as return to sport decision-making following lower limb injury.
In the last 12months alone, Tim has provided clinical consultancy for over 28 professional teams within the following competitions:
From 2004 to 2019 Tim also worked in full time clinical appointments with professional sporting teams across multiple codes including:
In addition to his undergraduate Physiotherapy degree and subsequent PhD, Tim has completed a post-graduate Master’s Degree in Sports Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Extended-Scope Physiotherapy and a Graduate Certificate in Data Science. He has lectured extensively in sports physiotherapy courses for the Australian Physiotherapy Association as well as to other health professions and has authored publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Louisa is a Titled Sport & Exercise Physiotherapist with over 14 years clinical experience in both professional sport and clinical practice.
She is currently a tournament physiotherapist for Tennis Australia, and has previously worked as the Head Physiotherapist for the Australian Men’s Rugby 7’s Program – including the recent inaugural World Series-winning season 2021/22.
She has also worked with the NSW Institute of Sport, the Tongan Rugby 7s Team, Brisbane Heat WBBL, ‘Matilda The Musical’, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘SIX’ The Musical, and Randwick Rugby Union.
Louisa has developed a strong interest in rehabilitation of a wide range of injuries; in particular the hip, knee, foot & ankle.
Jon has held a number of professional Rugby Union contracts as a player with ACT Brumbies, Western Force and Melbourne Rebels in Australia, while also representing Australia at the Schoolboy, Under 19 and International Sevens level.
He has over 15 years financial industry experience, as a private wealth Director of JBWere Ltd with tertiary qualifications Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Level 2 Accredited Derivatives adviser.