Best on ground: the industry experts at our Sports Medicine Symposium

Best on ground: the industry experts at our Sports Medicine Symposium

As part of our partnership with the AFL Players’ Association, on Monday 21 September we’re hosting the Sports Medicine Symposium. There will be a panel discussion hosted by Ian Cohen who will be quizzing experts on hot topics in sports medicine. So, who are these experts?

Why are they best on ground?

Dr Peter Brukner has been the team physician for Melbourne and Collingwood AFL clubs, worked with Liverpool football club, the Socceroos, and currently works with the Australian cricket team. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to sports medicine and is also knowledgeable about Olympic Games history.

Dr Denise Jennings was named as an important women in AFL culture by the Herald Sun in 2010. She has coached sportspeople who play basketball and golf and has played and studied hockey. She gives great advice to people interested in her career path, including ‘get exposed to as many sports as possible’.

Dr Anthony Schache’s research has focused on biomechanics, the study of human motion, which is extremely important when looking at the causes of injury. He is very knowledgeable about hamstrings.

Dr Michael Makdissi is an expert on concussion. He was instrumental in constructing the AFL’s approach to concussion treatment and co-authored an article on The Conversation about football concussions and a possible link to depression.

Want to go along?

The symposium is at the State Library of Victoria. We invite people from industry, current students and anyone thinking about studying sports medicine to come along.

There will be networking opportunities after the discussion, so you can rub shoulders with experts from industry, sports medicine academics, current La Trobe students and people looking at a career in sports management.


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