Dr Sean

Dr Sean Docking

Research Fellow

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Allied Health

Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre


BHSc(Hons), PhD



Area of study

Anatomy and Physiology
Exercise science

Research interests

Clinical Sciences

- Tendinopathy

Recent publications

1.     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.

2.     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.

3.     Bedi HS, Jowett C, Ristanis S, Docking S, Cook J. Plantaris Excision and Ventral Paratendinous Scraping for Achilles Tendinopathy in an Athletic Population. Foot Ankle Int. 2015.

4.     Wong AM, Docking SI, Cook JL, Gaida JE. Does type 1 diabetes mellitus affect Achilles tendon response to a 10 km run? A case control study. BMC musculoskeletal disorders. 2015;16:345.

5.     Docking SI, Ooi CC, Connell D. Tendinopathy: Is Imaging Telling Us the Entire Story? J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015:1-27.

6.     Tilley BJ, Cook JL, Docking SI, Gaida JE. Is higher serum cholesterol associated with altered tendon structure or tendon pain? A systematic review. Br J Sports Med. 2015;49(23):1504-9.

7.     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. 2015.

8.     Cook JL, Docking SI. "Rehabilitation will increase the 'capacity' of your ...insert musculoskeletal tissue here...." Defining 'tissue capacity': a core concept for clinicians. Br J Sports Med. 2015;49(23):1484-5.

9.     Docking SI, Cook J. Pathological tendons maintain sufficient aligned fibrillar structure on ultrasound tissue characterization (UTC). Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2015.

10.  Docking SI, Rosengarten SD, Cook J. Achilles tendon structure improves on UTC imaging over a 5-month pre-season in elite Australian football players. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2015.

11.  van Ark M, Docking SI, van den Akker-Scheek I, Rudavsky A, Rio E, Zwerver J, et al. Does the adolescent patellar tendon respond to 5 days of cumulative load during a volleyball tournament? Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2015.

12.  Docking SI, Rosengarten SD, Daffy J, Cook J. Structural integrity is decreased in both Achilles tendons in people with unilateral Achilles tendinopathy. J Sci Med Sport. 2015;18(4):383-7.

13.  Ganderton C, Cook J, Docking SI, Rio E, van Ark M, Gaida J. Achilles tendinopathy: understanding the key concepts to improve clinical management. Australasian Musculoskeletal Medicine 2015:19:12-8

14.  Cook J, Rio E, Docking SI. Patellar tendinopathy and its Diagnosis. Sports Health. 2014:32(1), 17

15.  Rosengarten SD, Cook JL, Bryant AL, Cordy JT, Daffy J, Docking SI. Australian football players' Achilles tendons respond to game loads within 2 days: an ultrasound tissue characterisation (UTC) study. Br J Sports Med. 2015;49(3):183-7.

16.  Ganderton C, Docking S, Rio E, van Ark M, Gaida J, Cook J. Therapeutische Schlüsselkonzepte für Patienten mit Achillessehnentendinopathie. Sportphysio. 2014;2(03):112-7.

17.  Scott A, Docking S, Vicenzino B, Alfredson H, Zwerver J, Lundgreen K, Finlay O, Pollock N, Cook JL, Fearon A, Purdam CR. Sports and exercise-related tendinopathies: a review of selected topical issues by participants of the second International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium (ISTS) Vancouver 2012. British journal of sports medicine. 2013 Apr 12:bjsports-2013.

18.  Docking S, Samiric T, Scase E, Purdam C, Cook J. Relationship between compressive loading and ECM changes in tendons. Muscles Ligaments Tendons J. 2013;3(1):7-11.

19.  Docking SI, Daffy J, van Schie HT, Cook JL. Tendon structure changes after maximal exercise in the Thoroughbred horse: use of ultrasound tissue characterisation to detect in vivo tendon response. Vet J. 2012;194(3):338-42.