“When can I play again?” Symposium & Workshops to guide the return to sport continuum

The Symposium was POSTPONED to August 28-29th due to COVID-19

The first question an injured athlete asks their treating therapist is “When can I play again?” It is well recognised that returning to sport after injury is typically a complex and multifactorial process. However, we can answer this dreaded question with greater confidence by applying the current evidence on return to sport decision-making and risk management strategies applicable to common athletic injuries.

La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre (LASEM) is proud to announce a two-day professional development event titled “When can I play again? Guiding the Return to Sport Continuum” to be held in August 28-29th, 2020. Aimed at sports and exercise medicine professionals, this symposium and workshop programme has assembled international research leaders and highly experienced clinicians to translate the current evidence-based practice on guiding active patients to successfully return to sport following injury.

With all symposium sessions followed by panel discussion and 4 one-hour practical workshops to attend, the programme of this high quality PD event promises to provide the clinician with the knowledge and skills to extend their current clinical practice.



Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Rod Whiteley

Rod Whiteley is a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist whose PhD in shoulder and throwing injuries grew from 20 years of clinical work mostly in collision (rugby league, rugby union) and throwing (baseball, water polo) sports in Australia. In the last 10 years though he has been working at Aspetar in Qatar where the focus has shifted clinically to muscle injury, hamstring in particular, as well as developing systems and approaches to improve quality of care including pre-competition assessment, injury prevention, and monitoring clinical outcomes.

Dr Craig Purdam

Craig Purdam (OAM) was the Head of Physical Therapies at the Australian Institute of Sport from 1982-2017. He worked as a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist in elite sport for over 40 years, was an appointed physiotherapist to five Olympic Games (1984-2000) and head physiotherapist to the Australian Men’s Basketball team throughout that period. He has also worked closely with the Australian national swimming, track and field, and rowing teams. Craig was awarded the Australian Sports medal in 2000 and in 2009, and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2020.Craig’s undergraduate qualification was gained in 1975, a postgraduate diploma in Sports in 1992, a Master’s in Sports in 2000, honorary doctorate through La Trobe University in 2018, and he has co-authored over 55 scientific papers, mostly in the field of tendinopathy. He achieved specialist status in Sports Physiotherapy through Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2009. His major clinical and research interests are in the fields of tendinopathy, chronic hamstring injury and tissue loading, adaptation and healing mechanisms.
Jill CookProf Jill Cook

Jill Cook is a professor in musculoskeletal health in the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia. Jill's research areas include sports medicine and tendon injury. After completing her PhD in 2000, she has investigated tendon pathology, treatment options and risk factors for tendon injury. Jill currently supplements her research by conducting a specialist tendon practice and by lecturing and presenting workshops both in Australia and overseas
Dr Michael Makdissi

Dr Michael Makdissi is a Sport & Exercise Physician and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (FACSEP). He has worked with a range of sports including Australian Rules football, netball, cricket, rugby league, track and field, cycling, swimming, gymnastics, boxing and volleyball from recreational through to elite levels.
Kellie Wilkie

Kellie Wilkie is a Managing Director and Principal Physiotherapist of BODYSYSTEM Physio in Hobart. She is an APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist and was the Lead Physiotherapist for Rowing Australia in the Rio Olympic cycle. Kellie traveled with The Australian Rowing Team for 9 consecutive years including being an Australian Olympic Team Physiotherapist for the 2012 London and 2016 Rio games. Kellie is passionate about ensuring that lessons learned in the elite environment are transferred into preventing injury for developing rowers.  She is part of an International Group involved with developing a set of clinical guidelines for managing low back pain in rowing.  Kellie is a clinician with special interests in the shoulder girdle and lumbar spine.
Paula Peralta

Paula Peralta (FACP) is a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2019. She achieved her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy in 2009.
Having once been an AIS netball scholarship holder herself, Paula has now been working in elite sport for 15 years. Her vast clinical experience has included working with the following Australian teams; Men’s Basketball, Women’s Netball, Commonwealth Games (2014, 2018), World Junior Athletics (2018), World University Games (2017), Paralympic Team (2012-ongoing) and previously with the NSW Swifts Netball team.
Paula is currently working at the NSW Institute of Sport (women’s hockey and Paralympic sports) and in private practice.
Randall Cooper

Randall Cooper is a Sports Physiotherapist and Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Randall has consulted from the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre for 20 years and has also worked with the Australian Winter Olympic Team, Hawthorn Football Club, and the Victorian Institute of Sport. Randall is widely recognised for his expertise in ACL rehabilitation, is co-author of Brukner & Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine, and the Melbourne ACL Rehabilitation Guide 2.0.

Brady Green

Brady is a PhD candidate at La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre investigating calf strain injuries in sport. He has published in the areas of calf and hamstring muscle strain injuries and has presented at several national and international sports medicine conferences. Brady works clinically at the Essendon Football Club where he is a sports physiotherapist working with the senior men’s AFL team. He has also completed a Masters of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) and holds a Level 2 ASCA accreditation.
Brooke Patterson

Brooke Patterson is a physiotherapist and is currently completing her PhD at the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. Her research is investigating the impact of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) on the lives of young adults (early ostearthritis, symptoms and quality of life), and how potentially modifiable factors are associated with such changes over time. Brooke is a high-level athlete in the AFLW and has undergone an ACLR herself. Brooke is involved in current AFL funded projects, aimed at monitoring and reducing injuries, and improving coach education. She has hands on implementation experience at elite and community levels and hopes to continue to evolve primary and secondary ACL prevention strategies to reduce the impact of posttraumatic OA.
Denise Jones

Denise Jones is a Physiotherapist with more than 25 years of clinical experience. She has post-graduate qualifications in Manual and Sports Physiotherapy. Ms Jones is currently completing her PhD at La Trobe University on hip-related pain.
Dr Lachlan James

Dr James is a Lecturer and Researcher in Strength and Conditioning within the Sport and Exercise Science discipline at La Trobe University. He has Masters degrees in Sports Coaching (UQ) and Strength and Conditioning (ECU), completed his PhD in 2017 at the University of Queensland investigating mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes, and was a Lecturer at Federation University prior to joining La Trobe in 2018. His research interests include strength-power development, periodisation and training theory, and collision and combat sports. Dr James has over 10 years of strength and conditioning industry experience across Australia and North America. He is an accredited Level 2 Sports Scientist (ESSA), and Accredited Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCA). Dr James has over 15 first author publications in strength and conditioning and applied sports science.



There are 4 workshops covering a range of topics on Return-to-Sport! Two day registration includes enrolment to all workshops.

Workshop 1: Dr Craig Purdam & Brady Green – Preventing recurrence of muscle injuries

Workshop 2: Kellie Wilkie – Managing back pain in rowing athletes

Workshop 3: Dr Rod Whiteley – Successful RTS plan for shoulder injuries

Workshop 4: Randall Cooper & Brooke Patterson – RTS following ACL injury



When: Friday 28th August (3.00 – 8.30pm) and Saturday 29th August (8.30am – 4.45pm)
Where: La Trobe University, West Lecture Theatre 3 (Bundoora campus). Corner Plenty Rd and Kingsbury Dr, Bundoora.

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Attendee Type
Early Bird (ends 20th July 2020)
One Day Attendance – Friday Only, no workshops
Two Day Attendance – Both Days, Workshops Included
Student – Both Days, Workshops Included (no one day option)
LASEM Clinical Network* – Friday Only
LASEM Clinical Network* – Both Days, Workshops Included
10 Person Multipayment – 2 Days (no early bird option)

*LASEM Clinical Network includes:

  • LASEM staff members
  • Mill Park Physiotherapy
  • Complete Sportscare
  • Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre
  • Clifton Hill Physiotherapy
  • Symmetry Physiotherapy
  • Fairfield Podiatry
  • Lake Health Group Ballarat
  • Bodysystem Hobart




For all enquires please email LASEM PD Events