Fit as a fiddle... the impact of sporting injuries on individuals and the community

27 June 2013

Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

Co presenter: Dr Craig Duncan - a consultant in the area of sport science and human performance (formerly the Head of Performance at Sydney FC).

Identifying who is likely to get an injury is a tough call, and our best attempts at prevention, such as using strapping and taping do not seem to prevent the first injury. Research has, however, shown that how you initially treat the injury can have a huge impact on whether it will recover or re-occur. Standard rehabilitation approaches sometimes don't work because injuries such as "simple" ankle sprains are frequently mis-diagnosed.

Professor Kathryn Refshaugeis strongly motivated by the desire to improve health outcomes, in particular the prevention of chronic pain and disability after musculoskeletal injury. Her lecture will focus on the prevention of persistent symptoms and disability after an acute injury.

Professor Refshauge is an internationally recognised leader in musculoskeletal injury research, with a specific focus on sports injuries, back pain and neck pain. Her laboratory-based research has resulted in the development of diagnostic tests and tools to measure disability after musculoskeletal injury and has led to the design of new prevention strategies and treatments for sports injuries and back pain.

Dr Craig Duncanis internationally recognised in the area of sport science and human performance and iswell known for his "prevention is better than cure" philosophy to injury prevention and his strong advocacy of athlete monitoring. He now implements systems as a solution for clubs, individual athletes, federations and corporations to overcome limitations in human performance.Craig will discuss how these preventative strategies can be adopted by all individuals.

He has worked in a number of sports including football (soccer), netball, basketball, rugby, cricket, cycling and triathlon. In recent times he has specialised in the sport of football (soccer) and has consulted to the Football Federation of Australia and was Head of Human Performance at Sydney FC.

Craig completed his undergraduate degree in human movement science and his PhD in sport and exercise science. He also has post graduate qualifications in education and is presently completing a post graduate qualification.

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