About Dr Cliffton Chan

Cliffton’s research passion is to maximise performance whilst optimising health and wellbeing in sporting athletes and performing artists at all levels of expertise

Cliffton is a Lecturer in musculoskeletal anatomy within the Discipline of Biomedical Science, Sydney Medical School, with expertise in targeted exercise prescription, and musculoskeletal anatomy and physiotherapy. He has taught musculoskeletal physiotherapy at the Discipline of Physiotherapy. Cliffton’s research focuses on early injury detection through screening tools and 3D motion capture and physiotherapy-based management in a range of sporting cohorts and performing artists (especially orchestral musicians). He has published widely in this area with one of his articles awarded the prestigious ‘Alice G. Brandfonbrener Investigator’ prize and was published in the premier Performing Arts Medicine journal, Medical Problems of Performing Artists. He has a special interest in the assessment of joint hypermobility and elucidating the association of joint hypermobility and physical performance. Cliffton’s research strengths are divided into three major arms: i) early identification and management of musculoskeletal injuries in sports persons and musicians; ii) assessment and management of generalised joint hypermobility and joint hypermobility syndrome; iii) developing and integrating formal health promotion and prevention education training for performing artists from the beginner to professional. Cliffton has supervised students researching identification of factors that increase ACL injuries in basketball and netball players, development and validation of joint hypermobility assessment tools, and performing arts medicine.

Cliffton has been a longstanding executive board member of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare association in the effort to increase education and translate the evidence into practise for performing artists

Selected publications

For a full list of Dr. Clifton Chan's publications please see his Academic Profile page