Dr Adam

Dr Adam Culvenor

NHMRC Research Fellow

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Allied Health

Department of Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport

Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre

Qualifications

B.Physio(Hons), PhD

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Medicine Australia, Osteoarthritis Research Society International

Area of study

Physiotherapy

Brief profile

Adam is a physiotherapist and NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow and completed his PhD in the development of osteoarthritis after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction at The University of Queensland in 2015. Adam’s research focussing on early-onset knee osteoarthritis in young adults following injury has been awarded American Journal of Sports Medicine most outstanding paper 2016, Australian Physiotherapy Association Best New Investigator 2013 & 2017 in musculoskeletal and sports research, Sports Medicine Australia best poster 2015, and British Journal of Sports Medicine best systematic review 2015 (finalist). During his PhD, Adam was awarded both a Commonwealth Government Endeavour Fellowship and Felice Rosemary Lloyd fellowship to undertake research at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, Oslo.

Following his PhD, Adam completed a European Commission funded postdoctoral fellowship in Salzburg, Austria, evaluating muscle and cartilage tissue characteristics in knee osteoarthritis. During this fellowship, he was awarded Paracelsus Medical University Researcher of the Year 2017, European Commission career development prize 2017, and Marie Curie Action Award for communicating science 2017 (finalist). Adam has also completed a Grad. Cert. at Harvard Medical School (Global Clinical Research Program 2017), is a Senior Associate Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine, as well as an invited reviewer for several other international journals. Adam's broad research disciplines are knee pain and injury, osteoarthritis, biomechanics, rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal imaging.

Research interests

Clinical Sciences

- Patellofemoral pain, knee osteoarthritis, muscle function

Joint Rehabilitation

- ACL reconstruction and rehabilitation, total joint replacement

Recent publications

Peer-reviewed Publications (since 2015)

For a full list and links to publications: click here

Perraton LP, Hall M, Clark RA, Crossley KM, Pua YH, Whitehead TS, Morris HG, Culvenor AG, Bryant AL. Poor knee function after ACL reconstruction is associated with attenuated landing force and knee flexion moment during running. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology & Arthroscopy. 2018;epub ahead of print.

Culvenor AG, Hamler F, Kemnitz J, Wirth W, Eckstein F. Loss of muscle strength prior to knee replacement: a question of anatomical cross-sectional area or specific-strength? Arthritis & Rheumatology. 2018;epub ahead of print.

Crossley KM, Kemp JL, Culvenor AG, Barton CJ. Do sports medicine clinicians have credible alternatives to knee arthroscopy for the degenerative knee? British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2018;epub ahead of print.

Steidle-Kloc E, Culvenor AG, Dörrenberg J, Wirth W, Ruhdorfer A, Eckstein F. Relationship between knee pain and infra-patellar fat pad morphology – a within- and between-person analysis from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI). Arthritis Care & Research. 2018;epub ahead of print.

Macri EM, Culvenor AG, Morris HG, Whitehead TS, Russell TG, Khan KM, Crossley KM. Lateral displacement, sulcus angle and trochlear angle are associated with early patellofemoral osteoarthritis following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology & Arthroscopy. 2018;epub ahead of print.

Culvenor AG, Patterson BE, Guermazi A, Morris HG, Whitehead TS, Crossley KM. Accelerated return to sport after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and early knee osteoarthritis features at 1 year: an exploratory study. PM&R. 2018;epub ahead of print.

Kemnitz J, Wirth W, Eckstein F, Ruhdorfer A, Culvenor AG. Longitudinal change in thigh muscle strength prior to and concurrent with symptomatic and radiographic knee osteoarthritis progression: data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage. 2017;25:1633-40.

Kemnitz J, Eckstein F, Culvenor AG, Ruhdorfer A, Dannhauer T, Ring-Dimitriou S, Sänger AM, Wirth W. Validation of an active shape model-based semi-automated segmentation algorithm for the analysis of thigh muscle and adipose tissue cross-sectional areas. Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology & Medicine. 2017;30:489-503.

Culvenor AG, Felson DT, Niu J, Wirth W, Sattler M, Dannhauer T, Eckstein F. Thigh muscle specific-strength and risk of incident knee osteoarthritis: the influence of sex and greater body mass index. Arthritis Care & Research. 2017;69:1266-70.

Culvenor AG, Wirth W, Boeth H, Diederichs G, Duda G, Eckstein F. Longitudinal change in patellofemoral cartilage thickness, cartilage T2 relaxation times, and subchondral bone plate area in adolescent vs mature athletes. European Journal of Radiology. 2017;92:24-9.

Culvenor AG, Ruhdorfer A, Juhl C, Eckstein F, Oiestad BE. Knee extensor strength and risk of structural, symptomatic and functional decline in knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Arthritis Care & Research. 2017;69:649-58.

Culvenor AG. Professional pathways towards excellence in sports physiotherapy: opportunities and barriers. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017;51:415-6.

Ackermann IN, Kemp JL, Crossley KM, Culvenor AG, Hinman RS. Hip and knee osteoarthritis affects younger people too. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 2017;47:67-79.

Hatton AL, Crossley KM, Clark RA, Whitehead TS, Morris HG, Culvenor AG. Between-leg differences in challenging single-limb balance performance one year following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Gait & Posture. 2017;52:22-5.

Roth M, Wirth W, Emmanuel K, Culvenor AG, Eckstein F. The contribution of 3D quantitative meniscal and cartilage measures to variation in normal radiographic joint space width - Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative healthy reference cohort. European Journal of Radiology. 2017;87:1-9.

Culvenor AG, Øiestad BE, Holm I, Gunderson R, Crossley KM, Risberg MA. Anterior knee pain following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction does not increase the risk of patellofemoral osteoarthritis at 15- and 20-year follow-ups. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage. 2017;25:30-3.

Culvenor AG, Wirth W, Ruhdorfer A, Eckstein F. Reply: Primary or secondary effect of quadriceps exercises on subsequent need for knee replacement. Arthritis & Rheumatology. 2016;68;2829-30.

Culvenor AG, Boeth H, Diederichs G, Wirth W, Duda G, Eckstein F. Longitudinal bone, muscle and adipose tissue changes in physically active subjects – sex differences during adolescence and maturity. Journal of Musculoskeletal & Neuronal Interactions. 2016;16:237-46.

Culvenor AG, Wirth W, Roth M, Hunter DJ, Eckstein F. Predictive capacity of thigh muscle strength in symptomatic and/or radiographic knee osteoarthritis progression: data from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health osteoarthritis biomarkers consortium. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2016;95:931-8.

Culvenor AG, Perraton L, Bryant AL, Guermazi A, Whitehead TS, Morris HG, Crossley KM. Knee kinematics and kinetics are associated with early patellofemoral osteoarthritis following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage. 2016;24:1548-53.       

Culvenor AG, Crossley KM. Invited Viewpoint. Patellofemoral osteoarthritis: are we missing an important source of symptoms after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction? Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 2016;46:232-4.

Culvenor AG, Alexander BC, Clark RA, Collins NJ, Ageberg E, Morris HG, Whitehead TS, Crossley KM. Dynamic single-leg postural control is impaired bilaterally following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: implications for re-injury risk. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 2016;46:357-64.

Risberg MA, Øiestad BE, Gunderson R, Aune AK, Engebretsen L, Fosdahl MA, Culvenor AG, Holm I. Change in knee osteoarthritis, symptoms and function after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A 20-year prospective follow-up study. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016;44:1215-24. Winner Hughston Award for most outstanding paper published in AJSM in 2016.

Culvenor AG, Wirth W, Ruhdorfor A, Eckstein F. Thigh muscle strength predicts knee replacement risk independent of radiographic disease and pain in women – data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Arthritis & Rheumatology. 2016;68:1145-55.

Culvenor AG, Collins NJ, Guermazi A, Cook JL, Vicenzino B, Whitehead TS, Morris HG, Crossley KM. Early patellofemoral osteoarthritis features one year after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: symptoms and quality of life at three years. Arthritis Care & Research. 2016;68:784-92.

Hart HF, Culvenor AG, Collins NJ, Ackland DC, Cowan SM, Machokta Z, Crossley KM. Knee kinematics and joint moments following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016;50:597-612.

Culvenor AG, Collins NJ, Vicenzino B, Cook JL, Whitehead TS, Morris HG, Crossley KM. Predictors and effects of patellofemoral pain after hamstring-tendon ACL reconstruction. Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport. 2016;19:518-23.

Culvenor AG, Crossley KM. Invited editorial. Accelerated return to sport after anterior cruciate ligament injury: a risk factor for early knee osteoarthritis? British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016;50:260-1.

Filbay SR, Culvenor AG, Ackerman I, Russell T, Crossley KM. Quality of life in anterior cruciate ligament-deficient individuals: A systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2015;49:1033-41. Editor’s Choice Article and Finalist Best Systematic Review 2015

Culvenor AG, Collins NJ, Guermazi A, Cook JL, Vicenzino B, Khan KM, Crossley KM. (2015) Reply: The incidence rate of early knee osteoarthritis one year following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction was overestimated or not? Arthritis & Rheumatology. 2015;67:2551-2.

Culvenor AG, Collins NJ, Guermazi A, Cook JL, Vicenzino B, Khan KM, Beck N, van Leeuwen J, Crossley KM. Early knee osteoarthritis is evident one year following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a magnetic resonance imaging evaluation. Arthritis & Rheumatology. 2015;67:946-55.

Culvenor AG, Engen CN, Øiestad BE, Engebretsen L, Risberg MA. Defining the presence of radiographic knee osteoarthritis: a comparison between the Kellgren and Lawrence system and OARSI atlas criteria. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology & Arthroscopy. 2015;23:3532-9.

 

Book Chapters

Crossley KM, Cook JL, Cowan SM, Culvenor AG, Docking S, Rathleff M, Rio E. Anterior knee pain. Brukner and Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine 5th edition. Brukner PD, Clarsen B, Cook JL, Cools A, Crossley KM, Hutchinson M et al. Eds. Sydney: McGraw Hill 2016: 769-804.

Research projects

Identifying strategies to reduce the risk of kneecap arthritis after serious knee ligament injury