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Australian Institute of Sport

AIS Intensive Rehabilitation

Supporting high performance athletes successfully return to performance.

Working in partnership with National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) and the National Institute Network (NIN), AIS Intensive Rehabilitation supports injured Australian athletes return to performance through the delivery of intensive, integrated complex rehabilitation solutions.

In seeking to improve complex rehabilitation outcomes across high performance sport in Australia, AIS Intensive Rehabilitation is committed to:

  • Supporting NSOs and the NIN to leverage sports science sports medicine expertise for complex rehabilitation cases
  • Providing evidence-based, accessible resources that underpin contemporary practices in complex rehabilitation.

In situations where an NSO believes that the AIS can provide services above and beyond that which is available to an athlete in their daily training environment, the AIS will deliver intensive, integrated rehabilitation solutions to return the athlete to high performance sport. In partnering with AIS Intensive Rehabilitation, NSOs and the NIN will have access to:

  • A dedicated team of rehabilitation experts to develop and implement a robust return to performance plan
  • World-class sport science sports medicine facilities that support delivery of a holistic rehabilitation experience
  • Opportunities to embed staff with the AIS Intensive Rehabilitation team for capability building purposes.

Rehabilitation Process


NSO submits an application form via Athlete Management System (AMS)

Initial Review and Planning

Initial athlete review by AIS multidisciplinary team (athlete at AIS)

Development of Rehabilitation Plan

Review meeting with AIS Intensive Rehabilitation team, NSO and athlete with agreement of rehabilitation plan by all parties

Opt out for both NSO and AIS


Collaborative implementation of Rehabilitation Plan

Ongoing review of Rehabilitation Plan and communication with NSO

Return to NSO

Athlete returns to daily training environment as per Rehabilitation Plan

Collaborative review of case with athlete and NSO

Ongoing recommendations discussed with athlete and NSO

AIS Intensive Rehabilitation will benefit Australian high performance (categorised) athletes where:

  • A period of intensive residential rehabilitation may improve return to performance outcomes
  • The rehabilitation services available to the athlete in their daily training environment may not adequately support return to performance goals.

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