loris bertolacci

Sport, Health and Fitness


Loris Head

I have started this space so that I can share some of my experiences in coaching, strength and conditioning and rehabilitation since the early 70’s. I trained in Europe for 2 years in the late 70’s and I was an Australian Champion in Athletics in 1980 and in the first intake in 1981 at the AIS.

After that period I was a teacher and gym manager. I coached sprinters, jumpers and throwers for a number of years at National Level. I even tried my luck at veterans sprinting for a year and ran a scintillating 11.6. HA.

From 1987 to now I have been involved in the AFL with Essendon, Collingwood, Geelong and the Western Bulldogs. In fact now I also work in soccer with Green Gully a great club in the Victorian League under Ian Dobson.

I have assisted athletes from many sports from netball, tennis, water skiing to boxing amongst other sports and worked with many different organisations.

My daughter has played for Australia in Vollyeball as a setter and I assist her with her S&C.

Thus I have learnt so much since my days with my father George who initially coached me to working with people like Franz Stampfl, Victor Verez, Gus Puopolo, and many other coaches here and overseas .

In the past fifteen to twenty years I was able to grow with the sports science boom in OZ and given my academic science background couple this with my practical background.

In team sports I have been privy to many famous coaches from Kevin Sheedy to Leigh Matthews and Mark Thompson who have taught me a lot about the politics of sport.

Recently I have had a very enjoyable experience coaching Royden Pattison who is a marathon runner. He had severe Osteitis a few years ago and then a hole in the heart operation in 2006 and now is competing again.

This is a very small snaphot of my career and hopefully underpins this space.


  1. Your website has some very useful information on it. How can i get a hold of your hamstring rehabilitation book. I’m currently the conditioning coach at the Traralgon Football Club and we already have a few hamstring injuries , so any help would be appreciated

    Comment by Brad Frost | April 21, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hi Brad

    Just go to my website


    And it is set up with paypal. Sorry about the delay


    Comment by Loris Bertolacci | April 21, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hi Loris,
    I met Roydon at Level 1 S&C course in Canberra. Late last year. I am teacher at Assumption College in Kilmore. Would like to meet you one day and discuss S&C with you. I have followed your work and this website looks great.
    Buona Fortuna!!

    Comment by Peter Hope | June 1, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hey Loris.
    Good website mate. Lots of interesting stuff to read.
    It seems like ages since we worked together at Geelong FC.
    Life goes on as a fellow S&C coach.
    I’m currently in South Africa with England Cricket and the first Test Match against SA starts on Wednesday.
    I will keep in contact.
    Cheers mate, Happy Christmas.

    Comment by Spives | December 13, 2009 | Reply

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