Our Phytness HealthCare Clinician, Dr Mark Jones, graduated from Sydney University in 1984 and became a consultant Doctor specialising in sporting and musculoskeletal injuries. He won the Australasian College of Sports Physicians Medal in obtaining Sports Medicine Speciality Fellowship in 1994.
Dr Jones’ own sporting background involved distance running at an international level, including representing Australia at the World University Cross-Country Championships in Italy, 1988. His passion for track field followed him during his early career where he was the team doctor for a number of representative State and National Track and Field teams, including the Oceania (Australia/New Zealand) team at the 1998 Athletics World Cup, South Africa.
In 1987, Dr Jones was appointed the Team Doctor to the former Illawarra Steelers and went on to continue his role with the St. George Illawarra Dragons in National Rugby League competition until 2002.
In 1998 he changed football codes and became Team Doctor to the Wollongong Wolves in the National Soccer League for 7 years, assisting them to 2 NSL championship titles.
In 2006, Dr Jones was appointed head doctor to the Australian Qantus Socceroos, a role which continues to involve his attendance at all matches and training sessions, both domestic and internationally.
In 2012, Dr Jones was also appointed club doctor to the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club in their inaugural A- League season and in 2014, he was promoted to Head of Medical Services at Football Federation Australia (FFA) to oversee and manage all medical/sports science matters pertaining to all Australian national football teams, the National Football Leagues, and football at a community level throughout Australia.