Expert Speaker Series: Kristian Thorborg on Prevention of Groin Injuries in Sport

Dr Thorborg is an Associate Professor and Physiotherapist based at the Sports Orthopaedic Research Centre.  He has special interests in knee, hip and groin injuries and presented on ‘The Prevention of Groin Injuries in Sport’. Understanding the Clinical Entity Groin pain presents itself in a number of different clinical entities…

Expert Speaker Series: Ben Serpell on ACL Injuries in High Performance Sport

Ben is currently the Athletic Performance Coach at the Brumbies, acting as the link between the medical and performance teams.  He also has experience working in rehabilitation at Port Adelaide FC (AFL) and Gloucester Rugby.  His current research focus is on improving the prevention of ACL injuries, seeing as though…

Expert Speaker Series: Anthony Shield on Hamstring Strain Injuries

The second post in this ‘Expert Speaker’ series is on the discussion with Dr Anthony Shield from the Queensland University of Technology and the QUT-ACU Hamstring Injury Group. Dr Shield discussed his current research interests, most notably investigating why there is such a high incidence of hamstring recurrence as well as developing…

Expert Speaker Series: Darren Burgess on Load Monitoring as an Injury Prevention Tool

As part of the Performance and Injury: Prevention and Management module led by Dr David Opar on ACU’s Masters in High Performance Sport, we have been spoilt to hear from a number of world class speakers. Over the next few blog posts I will be sharing a summary on the following presentations…

Interview with Andrew Gray (Athletic Data Innovations)

  Andrew Gray is the Physical Performance Manager at Cronulla Sharks RLFC in the NRL, having spent 16 years at St George Illawarra Dragons RLFC as a Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Coach, Sport Scientist, and ultimately their Performance Director. Additionally, Andrew is an elite Strength & Conditioning professional as well as a…

Can End Stage Rehab be Assessed Truly Scientifically?

Last month I was invited to present at the annual Football Medical Association (FMA) conference by my old boss Dr Bryan English. I was given the somewhat provocative title of ‘Can end stage rehab be assessed truly scientifically?’ and I am going to share a summary of it here. My…

What professional athletes think about while they recover from serious injuries

An athlete’s life is defined by action, so being injured and having to go through the gradual steps that lead to rehabilitation and recovery can be maddening By James Willstrop for the Guardian Sport Network Willstrop James Willstrop in action against Nick Matthew (left) in 2014. Photograph: Steven Paston/Action Images…

i1 Biometrics releases sports mouthguard to track head injuries

By Rawlson King, February 6, 2015 i1 Biometrics announced this week that members of the University of Kansas football team will wear the Vector MouthGuard as the instrument of telemetry to measure the brain’s linear and rotational accelerations from impacts experienced in practices and games in 2015. “We’re continuously looking for…

Does research actually support practice in professional football? Thoughts on the BJSM review.

Last month a research group published an article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that had such an important message that I really wanted to write some comments about it. In their 2014 study McCall et al surveyed the most popular practices and perceptions in premier league football teams…

Concussion: Saracens trial new impact-measuring device

From 4 January 2015 Saracens players wore impact sensors behind their ears in their recent win against London Irish as they launched a new concussion research programme. The device, called the xPatch and produced by a US company, measures the size and angle of hits to the head. “We don’t…