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Research is focused on safe and injury free participation in sport, recreation, and work.

Research highlight: ACL

ACL gisela mandeep thumbnailACL research within CHARR explores strategies to optimise management and long term well-being of those individuals. Besides considering the outcomes of the injury, research in this field is important as it provides the opportunity to explore risk factors for OA in an 'accelerated' time-frame.

Read more about ACL research at the School and about one of the team leads, Associate Professor Gisela Sole's, work.

Current projects

Current projects include:


Newly published

  • Elliott, J. M., Cornwall, J., Kennedy, E., Abbott, R., & Crawford, R. J. (2018). Towards defining muscular regions of interest from axial magnetic resonance imaging with anatomical cross-reference: Part II: Cervical spine musculature. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 19, 171. doi: 10.1186/s12891-018-2074-y
  • Kennedy,E., Quinn, D. Chapple, C., Tumilty, S,. (2018) Cervical Spine Dysfunction in People With Persistent Postconcussion Symptoms: A Prospective Case Series, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 2017 Volume:48 Issue:1 Pages:A1–A29
  • Scott SM, Perry M,Sole G (2018). “Not always a straight path”: patients' perspectives following anterior cruciate ligament rupture and reconstruction. Disability and Rehabilitation. 40:2133-2317
  • Echemendia, R. J., Meeuwisse, W., McCrory, P., Davis, G. A., Putukian, M., Leddy, J., Sullivan, S. J., and Herring, S. (2017). The Concussion Recognition Tool 5th Edition (CRT5). British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(11), 870-871. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2017-097508
  • Balasundaram, A. P., Schneiders, A. G., & Sullivan, S. J. (2018). Rest and return-to-sport recommendations following sport-related concussion (PEDro synthesis). British Journal of Sports Medicine, 52(9), 262-287. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2017-098756 [Review]
  • Kennedy, E., Quinn, D., Tumilty, S., & Chapple, C. (2017). Clinical characteristics and outcomes of treatment of the cervical spine in patients with persistent post-concussion symptoms: A retrospective analysis. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.03.002
  • Moran, R. W., Schneiders, A. G., Mason, J., & Sullivan, S. J. (2017). Do Functional Movement Screen (FMS) composite scores predict subsequent injury? A systematic review with meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096938

Other Sports concussion and injury prevention

More publications for Sports Concussion and Injury Prevention...


Year Project Title Funder
2018 Can wearing a knee sleeve influence recovery following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction? Commercial funder
2017 Feasibility of neuroscience-informed physiotherapy for persistent shoulder pain. OMRF Jack Thompson Arthritis
2017 My shoulder has a brain: patient and physiotherapists' perspectives of a psychologically-informed rehabilitation approach for shoulder pain. Physiotherapy New Zealand
2016 Postdoctoral award - Neck's contribution to post-concussion symptoms AUOA
2016 What is the long-term impact of sports concussions on the brain health of former community (amateur) rugby players? UORG
2015 Outcomes of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction more than two years of surgery Mark Steptoe Memorial Trust
2015 What is the long-term impact of sports concussions on the brain health of former community (amateur) rugby players? UORG
2015 He 'Tapu te Upoko. Young Māori Sports persons and the importance of brain health in regards to concussion (Brain Injury): Development of a Health Promotion resource and implementation strategy Brain Health Core
2015 Incidence and prevalence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female netball players in New Zealand and identification of associated risk factors - players perspective Lottery Health
2014 Incidence and prevalence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female netball players in New Zealand and identification of associated risk factors - coaches perspective Physiotherapy New Zealand
2013 Investigating visual performance of farmers who have a history of quad bike loss of control events UORG
2012 The establishment of functional movement screening values for rugby players: an international collaboration Mark Steptoe Memorial

Graduate students

PhD students

Rob Moran

Musculoskeletal injury prediction in high intensity strength and conditioning athletes

Angela Spontelli Gisselman

The role of heart rate variability indices in prevention of musculoskeletal overuse injuries in collegiate athletes

News and events

Past events

ACL symposium
27th April 2018

Sports related concussion in kids: what every parent needs to know
This open lecture will inform parents of young people and particularly young sportspersons how to recognise a concussion, what to do about it and how to support their kids. It will provide practical concussion awareness information relevant to the Dunedin sports and health scene and will also be of interest to parents, players, coaches, teachers, doctors and, sports and school administrators, and students in the health sciences, physical education and sports science.

22nd March, 7- 8.30pm

Sport Medic training

Members contribute to the training of Sport Medics who provide acute injury services to community sports teams and events throughout the Dunedin and assist at the Dunedin Sports Injury Clinic.

National and international collaborators


  • Dr Kate Webster (University of Melbourne)
  • Associate Professor Paul McCrory (University of Melbourne)
  • Professor Caroline Finch (University of Ballarat)
  • Willem H. Meeuwisse (University of Calgary)

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