Dr Ebonie Kendra

Dr Ebonie Kendra Rio

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


Ba. App Sci, Ba Phys (hons), Masters Sports Phys, PhD



Membership of professional associations

SMA, APA (titled Sports Physiotherapist)

Area of study


Brief profile

Ebonie is a post doc researcher at La Trobe University and has completed her Phd in tendon pain, Masters Sports Phys, Ba. Phys (hons) and Ba. App Sci.  Her research has been awarded Victorian Fresh Scientist of the year 2015, ASICS SMA Best New Investigator 2004, 2013 & 2014 in Clinical Sports Medicine, best clinical science Pain Adelaide 2013, BJSM young investigator Best Clinical Paper 2014 and the Professor Mollie Holman medal for the best thesis of the faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University 2015 and the ECR best paper 2015.  Her clinical career has included Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Ballet Company, Australian Ballet School, Melbourne Heart football club, Alphington Sports Medicine Centre, Victorian Institute of Sport, Commonwealth Games 2006, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics, 2012 London Paralympics, 18 months travelling with Disney’s The Lion King stage show (Melbourne and Shanghai tour) and she was awarded the Post-Graduate Scholarship at the AIS (2007).   

Research interests

Clinical Sciences

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Joint Rehabilitation

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Ebonie works at the Victorian Institute of Sport and also has a consulting business

Recent publications

1: Rio E, Moseley L, Purdam C, Samiric T, Kidgell D, Pearce AJ, Jaberzadeh S, Cook J. The pain of tendinopathy: physiological or pathophysiological? Sports Med. 2014 Jan;44(1):9-23. doi: 10.1007/s40279-013-0096-z. Review. PubMed PMID: 24027089.

2: Simpson M, Rio E, Cook J. At What Age Do Children and Adolescents Develop Lower Limb Tendon Pathology or Tendinopathy? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Sports Med. 2016 Apr;46(4):545-57. doi: 10.1007/s40279-015-0438-0. Review. PubMed PMID: 26626072.

3: Rio E, Kidgell D, Purdam C, Gaida J, Moseley GL, Pearce AJ, Cook J. Isometric exercise induces analgesia and reduces inhibition in patellar tendinopathy. Br J Sports Med. 2015 Oct;49(19):1277-83. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-094386. Epub 2015 May 15. PubMed PMID: 25979840.

4: Rio E, Kidgell D, Moseley GL, Cook J. Elevated corticospinal excitability in patellar tendinopathy compared with other anterior knee pain or no pain. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2015 Sep 15. doi: 10.1111/sms.12538. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26369282.

5: Rio E, Kidgell D, Moseley GL, Gaida J, Docking S, Purdam C, Cook J. Tendon neuroplastic training: changing the way we think about tendon rehabilitation: a narrative review. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Feb;50(4):209-15. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-095215. Epub 2015 Sep 25. PubMed PMID: 26407586; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4752665.

6: Rio E, Mayes S, Cook J. Heel pain: a practical approach. Aust Fam Physician. 2015 Mar;44(3):96-101. Review. PubMed PMID: 25770572.

7: Malliaras P, Cook J, Purdam C, Rio E. Patellar Tendinopathy: Clinical Diagnosis, Load Management, and Advice for Challenging Case Presentations. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015 Nov;45(11):887-98. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2015.5987. Epub 2015 Sep 21. PubMed PMID: 26390269.

8: van Ark M, Docking SI, van den Akker-Scheek I, Rudavsky A, Rio E, Zwerver J, Cook JL. Does the adolescent patellar tendon respond to 5 days of cumulative load during a volleyball tournament? Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2016 Feb;26(2):189-96. doi: 10.1111/sms.12426. Epub 2015 Feb 18. PubMed PMID: 25694241.

9: Docking SI, Cook J, Rio E. The diagnostic dartboard: is the bullseye a correct pathoanatomical diagnosis or to guide treatment? Br J Sports Med. 2016 Jan 5. pii: bjsports-2015-095484. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-095484. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26733493.

10: van Ark M, Cook JL, Docking SI, Zwerver J, Gaida JE, van den Akker-Scheek I, Rio E. Do isometric and isotonic exercise programs reduce pain in athletes with patellar tendinopathy in-season? A randomised clinical trial. J Sci Med Sport. 2015 Dec 7. pii: S1440-2440(15)00231-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2015.11.006. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26707957.

11: Opar DA, Rio E. The juxtaposition of science and medicine in sport. Can we all play together nicely? Br J Sports Med. 2015 May;49(10):640-1. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-094819. PubMed PMID: 25926595.

12: Cook JL, Rio E, Purdam CR, Docking SI. Revisiting the continuum model of tendon pathology: what is its merit in clinical practice and research? Br J Sports Med. 2016 Apr 28. pii: bjsports-2015-095422. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-095422. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 27127294.

(nee Scase)

1: Chalmers S, Magarey ME, Scase E. Junior Australian football injury research: are we moving forward? Phys Ther Sport. 2013 Aug;14(3):175-82. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2013.06.001. Review. PubMed PMID: 23867153.

2: Chalmers S, Magarey ME, Esterman A, Speechley M, Scase E, Heynen M. The relationship between pre-season fitness testing and injury in elite junior Australian football players. J Sci Med Sport. 2013 Jul;16(4):307-11. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2012.09.005. Epub 2012 Oct 23. PubMed PMID: 23092650.

3: Docking S, Samiric T, Scase E, Purdam C, Cook J. Relationship between compressive loading and ECM changes in tendons. Muscles Ligaments Tendons J. 2013 May 21;3(1):7-11. doi: 10.11138/mltj/2013.3.1.007. Print 2013 Jan. PubMed PMID: 23885340; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3676165.

4: Scase E, Magarey ME, Chalmers S, Heynen M, Petkov J, Bailey S. The epidemiology of injury for an elite junior Australian Football cohort. J Sci Med Sport. 2012 May;15(3):207-12. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2011.12.002. Epub 2012 Jan 4. PubMed PMID: 22222167.

5: Gabbe BJ, Bailey M, Cook JL, Makdissi M, Scase E, Ames N, Wood T, McNeil JJ, Orchard JW. The association between hip and groin injuries in the elite junior football years and injuries sustained during elite senior competition. Br J Sports Med. 2010 Sep;44(11):799-802. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2009.062554. Epub 2009 Dec 2. PubMed PMID: 19955159.

6: Scase E, Cook J, Makdissi M, Gabbe B, Shuck L. Teaching landing skills in elite junior Australian football: evaluation of an injury prevention strategy. Br J Sports Med. 2006 Oct;40(10):834-8; discussion 838. Epub 2006 Aug 18. PubMed PMID: 16920776; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2465083.



Research projects

Phenotyping anterior knee pain using clinical tests, biomechanics and neuroscience profiles.