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Craig Purdam - Second Opinion Cases

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Specialist Sports Physiotherapist &  Ex Head Physical Therapy – AIS.

Craig was the Deputy Director of Athlete Services for 3 years and the Head of Physical Therapies at the Australian Institute of Sport for 35 years. He has worked as a clinician for elite sport for over 40 years and has been a physiotherapist to five Olympic Games (1984-2000) and a longstanding physiotherapist to the Australian National Men's Basketball team over that period. He has worked with the Australia national track and field, rowing and swimming teams along with AFL football. Craig was awarded the Australian Sports medal in 2000. In 2009 he was appointed as adjunct Professor to the University of Canberra and La Trobe University in 2018.

In this Sports MAP Masterclass Craig talks us through a range of second opinion cases that are often referred to him for his expert advice.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the presentation of proximal hamstring tendinopathy and differential diagnoses
  2. Understand key components of an objective assessment for proximal hamstring tendinopathy and potential differential structures
  3. Explain how to manage hamstring tendinopathies with an associated neural component
  4. Explain key considerations for calf injury rehabilitation
  5. Understand how to modify exercises to target different components of the calf complex
  6. Discuss the considerations for rehabilitation timelines for Gastronemius insertion tears
  7. Explain rehabilitation progressions for gastrocnemius insertion tears
  8. Understand the rehabilitation considerations for intra muscular tendon injuries with particular focus on speed and return to running
  9. Discuss factors that may contribute to T- Junction injuries of the biceps femoris and
  10. Explain how we can approach rehabilitation for complex T-junction injuries of the biceps femoris
  11. Understand differential diagnosis around the knee including presentation of saphenous nerve irritation
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Masterclass Outline

Second Opinion Cases
Hamstring Tendinopathy
The Difficult Calves
Gastrocnemius Insertional Tears
Intramuscular Tendon Injuries
T-Junction Injuries of the Biceps Femoris
Differential Diagnosis Around the Knee: The Saphenous Nerve
Quiz 
Quiz - Second Opinion Cases

Instructors

Professor Craig Purdam
Ex Head Physical Therapy - AIS
Craig Purdam was the Deputy Director of Athlete Services for 3 years and the Head of Physical Therapies at the Australian Institute of Sport for 35 years. He has worked as a clinician for elite sport for over 40 years and has been a physiotherapist to five Olympic Games (1984-2000) and a longstanding physiotherapist to the Australian National Men's Basketball team over that period. He has worked with the Australia national track and field, rowing and swimming teams along with AFL football. Craig was awarded the Australian Sports medal in 2000. In 2009 he was appointed as adjunct Professor to the University of Canberra and La Trobe University in 2018. Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate (1975)
  • Postgraduate diploma in Sports (1992)
  • Master in Sports (2000)
  • Specialist Sports Physiotherapy following his Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (2009)
  • Honorary Doctor of Science from La Trobe University (2018)
Craig's major clinical and research interests are in the fields of tendinopathy, chronic hamstring injury, calf injury and tissue loading, adaptation and healing mechanisms. He has co-authored around 60 scientific papers and book chapters in these fields.

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