Dr Cliffton Chan

PhD - USYD, B.Physio (Hons I) - UQ, GradDipMusic (Instrumental Pedagogy) - UQ, GradCertEduStudies (Higher Ed) - USYD.
Senior Lecturer - Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Biomedical Sciences, School of Medical Sciences

Member of China Studies Centre

Telephone +61 2 9351 9244
Fax +61 2 9351 9520

Website Hypermobility and Performance Laboratory
Potts Point Physiotherapy
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Biographical details

Dr Cliffton Chan specialises in developing and validating physical assessment tools and rehabilitation and performance enhancement exercise programs targeted for specific clinical, occupational and sporting populations. In particular, his clinical research has lead to novel ways of clinically measuring joint hypermobility in the upper and lower limbs, as well as forming the foundational framework for rehabilitating and preventing performance-related musculoskeletal disorders in orchestral musicians. Dr Chan co-leads the Hypermobility and Performance Laboratory, part of the Bosch Insitute, Sydney Medical School.

As a practicing musculoskeletal physiotherapist, anatomist and researcher, Dr Chan works with an international multidisciplinary multi-institutional team to tackle global musculoskeletal health issues. Beyond this, Dr Chan is the current Treasurer and Scientific Chair of the Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare promoting holistic healthcare to performing artists, educators and healthcare professionals, as well as being a committee member of the Research Committee of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (USA).

Research interests

  • Associations between the psychosocial and physical factors in musculoskeletal disorders
  • Role of targeted exercise therapy on work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • Prevention and management of performance-related musculoskeletal disorders in musicians
  • Assessment and management of upper limb hypermobility in performing artists
  • Clinical implications from biomechanical analysis (3D motion capture) of instrumental playing
  • Physical and socioeconomic dimensions affecting adherence to exercise

Teaching and supervision

  • Applied and functional musculoskeletal anatomy
  • Clinically-orientated anatomy of exercise
  • Musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy

Current projects

  • Clinical Biomechanic Analysis of String Players and Its Clinical Implications
  • Specifically-Designed Exercises in the Management of Performance-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in subgroups of musicians
  • Development and Implementation of a Short-Private Online Course (SPOC) to increase the Self-Effiacacy and Competence in Exercise Prescription

Associations

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
  • Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA)
  • Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH)

Awards and honours

  • 2015 Sydney Medical School Early Career Researcher Travel Grant
  • 2014 Alice Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award (Performing Arts Medicine Association)
  • 2011 Best Clinical Research Presentation (Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference - Sports)

In the media

  • ABC News:http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-20/orchestra-musicians-urged-to-speak-out-over-strain-injury-taboo/5461850

International links

Hong Kong S.A.R.

(The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) Dr Veronika Schoeb, School of Rehabilitation Sciences. Joint Research Topic: the Socioeconomical Dimension that influence exercise compliance and adherence

Selected grants

2017

  • Can a sports-specific neuromuscular warm up improve landing biomechanics in netball players? A cluster randomised trial; Pappas E, Hillard D, Chan C, Nightingale E; Sports Medicine Australia/Research Foundation Grants.
  • Musician's Performance Health Education: A Translational Approach; Ijsman S, Ackermann B, Chan C, Guptill C, Visentin P; The University of Western Australia/Research Collaboration Award.

2015

  • Anatomically Correct: Using a team based strategy game to support anatomy education for applied sciences students; Janssen A, Shaw T, Nicholson L, Chan C; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Singh, H., McKay, M., Baldwin, J., Nicholson, L., Chan, C., Burns, J., Hiller, C. (2017). Beighton scores and cut-offs across the lifespan: cross-sectional study of an Australian population. Rheumatology, 56(11), 1857-1864. [More Information]
  • Hopper, L., Chan, C., Wijsman, S., Ackland, T., Visentin, P., Alderson, J. (2017). Torso and bowing arm three-dimensional joint kinematics of elite cellists: Clinical and pedagogical implications for practice. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 32(2), 85-93. [More Information]
  • Nicholson, L., Reed, D., Chan, C. (2016). An interactive, multi-modal Anatomy workshop improves academic performance in the health sciences: A cohort study. BMC Medical Education, 16(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2014). Effect of a musicians' exercise intervention on performance-related musculoskeletal disorders. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 29(4), 181-188.
  • Chan, C., Ackermann, B. (2014). Evidence-informed physical therapy management of performance-related musculoskeletal disorders in musicians. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(July 2014), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2014). Exercise DVD effect on musculoskeletal disorders in professional orchestral musicians. Occupational Medicine, 64(1), 23-30. [More Information]
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013). Development of a specific exercise programme for professional orchestral musicians. Injury Prevention, 19(4), 257-263. [More Information]
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013). The usefulness of on-site physical therapy-led triage services for professional orchestral musicians - a national cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 14, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Sterling, M., Pedler, A., Chan, C., Puglisi, M., Vuvan, V., Vicenzino, B. (2010). Cervical lateral glide increases nociceptive flexion reflex threshold but not pressure or thermal pain thresholds in chronic whiplash associated disorders: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Manual Therapy, 15(2), 149-153. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Fong Yan, A., Hiller, C., Pappas, E., Chan, C., Ward, R., Cobley, S., Brown, R., Gu, Y., Trevor, B., Vassallo, A., Nicholson, L., et al (2016). The effectiveness of dance interventions on physical health outcomes - a systematic review. 26th Annual Conference of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, USA: IADMS.
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013). Can experienced observers detect postural changes in professional muscians after interventions? International Symposium on Performance Science 2013, Brussels, Belgium: Association EuropĂ©enne des Conservatoires.
  • Chan, C. (2012). The Usefulness of On-Site Physiotherapy Triage Services for Professional Orchestral Musicians - A Study. 30th Annual Symposium of Performing Arts Medicine Association, Colarado: PAMA.
  • Chan, C., Ackermann, B. (2011). A Specific Core Stability and Motor Control Exercise Program For Professional Orchestral Musicians. Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (5th Annual Conference and AGM), Sydney: ASPAH.
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2011). Development of a Specific Evidence-based Injury Prevention Exercise Program for Professional Orchestral Musicians. Third National Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) conference, Brisbane: APA.
  • Chan, C. (2010). Injury Prevention Exercise Program for Professioal Orchestral Musicians - A National Clinical Trial. Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (4th Annual Conference and AGM), Melbourne: Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.

2017

  • Singh, H., McKay, M., Baldwin, J., Nicholson, L., Chan, C., Burns, J., Hiller, C. (2017). Beighton scores and cut-offs across the lifespan: cross-sectional study of an Australian population. Rheumatology, 56(11), 1857-1864. [More Information]
  • Hopper, L., Chan, C., Wijsman, S., Ackland, T., Visentin, P., Alderson, J. (2017). Torso and bowing arm three-dimensional joint kinematics of elite cellists: Clinical and pedagogical implications for practice. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 32(2), 85-93. [More Information]

2016

  • Nicholson, L., Reed, D., Chan, C. (2016). An interactive, multi-modal Anatomy workshop improves academic performance in the health sciences: A cohort study. BMC Medical Education, 16(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Fong Yan, A., Hiller, C., Pappas, E., Chan, C., Ward, R., Cobley, S., Brown, R., Gu, Y., Trevor, B., Vassallo, A., Nicholson, L., et al (2016). The effectiveness of dance interventions on physical health outcomes - a systematic review. 26th Annual Conference of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, USA: IADMS.

2014

  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2014). Effect of a musicians' exercise intervention on performance-related musculoskeletal disorders. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 29(4), 181-188.
  • Chan, C., Ackermann, B. (2014). Evidence-informed physical therapy management of performance-related musculoskeletal disorders in musicians. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(July 2014), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2014). Exercise DVD effect on musculoskeletal disorders in professional orchestral musicians. Occupational Medicine, 64(1), 23-30. [More Information]

2013

  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013). Can experienced observers detect postural changes in professional muscians after interventions? International Symposium on Performance Science 2013, Brussels, Belgium: Association EuropĂ©enne des Conservatoires.
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013). Development of a specific exercise programme for professional orchestral musicians. Injury Prevention, 19(4), 257-263. [More Information]
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013). The usefulness of on-site physical therapy-led triage services for professional orchestral musicians - a national cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 14, 1-9. [More Information]

2012

  • Chan, C. (2012). The Usefulness of On-Site Physiotherapy Triage Services for Professional Orchestral Musicians - A Study. 30th Annual Symposium of Performing Arts Medicine Association, Colarado: PAMA.

2011

  • Chan, C., Ackermann, B. (2011). A Specific Core Stability and Motor Control Exercise Program For Professional Orchestral Musicians. Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (5th Annual Conference and AGM), Sydney: ASPAH.
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2011). Development of a Specific Evidence-based Injury Prevention Exercise Program for Professional Orchestral Musicians. Third National Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) conference, Brisbane: APA.

2010

  • Sterling, M., Pedler, A., Chan, C., Puglisi, M., Vuvan, V., Vicenzino, B. (2010). Cervical lateral glide increases nociceptive flexion reflex threshold but not pressure or thermal pain thresholds in chronic whiplash associated disorders: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Manual Therapy, 15(2), 149-153. [More Information]
  • Chan, C. (2010). Injury Prevention Exercise Program for Professioal Orchestral Musicians - A National Clinical Trial. Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (4th Annual Conference and AGM), Melbourne: Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.

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