Dr.Gary Couanis Sports Exercise Medicine Physician

Dr Gary Couanis

Specialist Sport & Exercise Physician

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Recipient of the Australian Sports Medal for service to Australian Sport
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (UWA)
  • Fellow of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Graduate Diploma of Sports Medicine (UNSW)
  • Current Head Doctor for the Fremantle Dockers
  • Current Chief Medical Officer for Water Polo Australia
  • Current Team Doctor for West Coast Fever
  • Current Lecturer for Curtin University Sports Physiotherapy Masters Program
  • Medical HQ Australian Team Doctor 2022 Commonwealth Games
  • ACSEP State Training Coordinator 2016-2021
  • Founder and Director of Perth Sports Medicine

Former Team Doctor to:

  • Perth Wildcats (Basketball)
  • Western Force (Rugby)
  • South Fremantle Football Club
  • Australian Boomers (Basketball) – Tour Doctor
  • Australian Kookaburras (Hockey) – Tour Doctor
  • Australian Joeys (Soccer) – Tour Doctor
  • Cirque du Soleil – Tour consultant
  • Cricket Australia – Event Doctor
  • Australian Weight-lifting – Event Doctor
  • Surf Lifesaving Australia – Event Doctor
  • WA Ballet – Ongoing Consultant

Event Medical Director for:

  • BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series
  • World ITU Long Course Triathlon

Clinical Interests:

  • Overuse injuries in Endurance Sports
  • Stress Fracture Management
  • Tendinopathies
  • Ultrasound Guided in-clinic procedures
  • Non-surgical management of osteoarthritis

Professional Memberships:

  • Australasian College of Sports Physicians
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Sports Medicine Australia

Publications & Research:

The Relationship between subacromial bursa thickness on ultrasound and shoulder pain in open water endurance swimmers over time.
Couanis G, Breidahl W, Burnham S.
J Sci Med Sport. 2014 May 20. pil: S1440-2440 (14) 00087-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.05.004.[Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24907 190

The lumbar spine of the young cricket fast bowler: an MRI study.
Crewe H, Elliott B, Couanis G, Campbell A, Alderson J.
J Sci Med Sport. 2012 May; 15 (3): 190-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams. 2011. 11.251. Epub 2011 Dec 21. PMID: 22197065

Personal Interests:

Dr Couanis is passionate about physical activity. He has been involved in almost all sports imaginable either as an athlete, coach, volunteer, official or doctor. He is a strong advocate for ‘exercise is medicine’ and believes that keeping someone moving is usually the most important pathway to better health.

Gary turns to surfing for enjoyment, but triathlon is where he gets his competitive fix. As a junior athlete Dr Couanis competed in swimming at a state, national and international level. He was also avidly involved in Surf Lifesaving competition. As an adult, Dr Couanis returned to swimming to complete a solo Rottnest Channel Swim crossing as well as multiple duos and teams. He previously held the record for fastest mixed duo channel crossing and competed in the inaugural ‘Champions of the Channel’ event. He was the overall winner in the Rottnest Swim-Run in two consecutive years and holds the course record. Dr Couanis has competed in numerous Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events, having achieved category wins on two occasions and achieving numerous podium finishes. He has run multiple sub-3hr marathons and has achieved a top 10 finish in the Perth Marathon.

In 2018 he completed a lifelong dream of racing in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Dr Couanis is heavily involved in the sporting pursuits of his three children and volunteers as a coach in surf lifesaving, soccer, hockey and Australian football.

Book An Appointment:

Please note that Dr Couanis is available at both Claremont and Cockburn practices.

Perth Sports Medicine - Claremont

Perth Sports Medicine - Cockburn

Past and Present Affiliations

  • Triathlon International Triathlon Union
  • Football Federation Australia
  • Swimming Australia
  • Westcoast Eagles
  • Australian Boomers
  • Precision Biomechanics
  • Western Force
  • Aquatic Super Series Western Australia
  • Cricket Australia
  • Sports Medicine Australia
  • Australasian College of Sports Physician
  • The Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Life Care
  • Front Runner
  • Kokkaburras
  • Catalyst Nutrition Dietetics
  • Westcoast Fever
  • Cloud Running
  • Netball Australia
  • Cirque Du Soleil
  • Perth Wildcats