July 3, 2020

 Image: Hewett et al (2005)

Over the last decade, there has been a plethora of research papers published on the ACL. As a result, I want to share with you some of the key papers that have been published during this time that have shaped my clinical practice.

This is by n...

February 13, 2020

I'm really excited to announce the confirmation of 3 more "ABCs of the ACL" workshop dates and locations here in Australia for 2020!

If you're interested in attending my 2 day ACL workshops, see the list below and click on the hyperlink to register and to see learning o...

December 3, 2019

The number of ACL reconstructions (ACLR) being performed in Australia, particularly in young people, has risen significantly in recent years. One study has shown that the number of ACLRs being performed in under 25yr-olds has increased by 74% (Zbrojkiewicz, Vertullo, &...

November 25, 2019

This year I completed my Masters of Sports Physiotherapy degree through La Trobe University and on top of a written assignment and producing a 30min video presentation, a requirement of our last subject (WEBINARS in SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPY - a fantastic and contemporary s...

August 11, 2019

If you haven't already figured out by now, I like to blog about reducing injury risk in young athletes. You've probably also heard me bang on occasionally about how we should start calling Injury Prevention Programs, Performance Enhancing Programs, right?...

January 17, 2019

Wondering how your knee will function in the long term following isolated PCL injury? 

According to this excellent 10yr minimum follow-up study by Shelbourne et al (2018), chances are that you'll be functioning very well, and have minimal OA changes within the knee with...

December 18, 2018

Do knee extensions strain the ACL? Yes. Do squats and lunges strain the ACL? Yes. Does walking on flat ground, climbing stairs and cycling strain the ACL? Yes.

There's a common misconception that knee extensions are the only activity that stretches and strains the ACL...

December 16, 2018

Getting the knee actively into extension is an important goal in the first few days/weeks following ACL reconstruction.

Here is a very simple exercise option, and can be grouped together quite nicely with "prone knee hangs" (which encourages the knee into passive knee...

December 13, 2018

Did you know that "Indirect Contact" ACL injuries accounts for up to 68% of all "Non-Contact" ACL injuries in NFL, 50% in netball and 20% in soccer (Johnston et al 2018, Stuelcken et al 2016 & Walden et al 2015)?  

Although as many as 50% of all ACL injury types are pre...

December 12, 2018

When added to injury prevention programs, the traditional Nordic hamstring exercise has been shown to decrease hamstring strains by 50% - when compared against injury prevention programs that didn't include them (Al Attar et al, 2017). 

Anecdotally, however I find that...

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