Hip and groin pain symposium
La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre (LASEM) is proud to announce a two-day professional development event titled “Hip and groin pain: what’s the latest evidence?” to be held June 17-18, 2022. Aimed at sports and exercise medicine professionals, this symposium and workshops will assemble international research leaders and highly experienced clinicians to expand the knowledge of participants in examining and managing hip and groin pain.
The symposium will commence with presentations on Friday afternoon from leaders in the field, including: Associate Professor Joanne Kemp, Dr Adam Weir, Dr Andrea Mosler, Dr Paul Dijkstra, Dr Julie Jacobsen, Dr Sue Mayes, Dr Joshua Heerey, Mr Roald Otten, and Professor Kay Crossley.
The symposium continues Saturday morning with breaking research presentations from Dr Matthew King and Dr Peter Lawrenson, and emerging hip and groin pain researchers Mark Scholes, Rachael Cowan, and Michael O’Brien.
Four 1-hour Practical Workshops will follow the morning presentations, including:
          • Interpreting hip joint imaging with Dr Joshua Heerey & Michael O’Brien
          • Practical groin pain assessment with Dr Andrea Mosler & Mark Scholes
          • Hip joint assessment and management with A/Prof Joanne Kemp, Dr Peter Lawrenson, and Dr Joshua Heerey
          • Lateral and posterior hip pain assessment with Rachael Cowan & Anthony Nasser

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This high quality PD event promises to provide clinicians with knowledge and skills to advance their current clinical practice.

Associate Professor Joanne Kemp

Associate Professor Joanne Kemp is an APA titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist and Principal Research Fellow at La Trobe University. Dr Kemp is recognised internationally as an expert in the physiotherapy and exercise-based treatment of athletes with hip-related pain. She is an Editor at British Journal of Sports Medicine, has 50+ publications and over $1million funding for research into hip pain. She also maintains a clinical practice treating athletes with hip pain.

Dr Adam Weir

Dr Adam Weir is a British sports medicine physician (although his accent may lead you to think otherwise!) who did his medical training at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England. He then moved to Holland where he completed his Sports Medicine specialty training (2007) and also his PhD (2011 – University of Utrecht) on the treatment of groin injuries in athletes. In 2013, Dr Weir moved to Doha to be the Deputy head of the Aspetar Sports Groin Pain Centre. He was lead author on the Doha Agreement on terminology and Definitions in Groin Pain in Athletes.

Dr Weir is now a visiting sports medicine physician at Aspetar. In Holland, he works as the medical coordinator of the Erasmus University Hospital Academic Centre for Groin Injuries in Rotterdam. He also works at the Sports and Exercise Clinic in Haarlem. Dr Weir is interested in the integration of education in sports medicine and is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Dr Andrea Mosler
Dr Andrea Mosler is a Specialist Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist and Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe University where she is currently working on hip and groin pain, injury prevention, and women in sport research projects. Her PhD, completed in 2018, investigated the risk factors for hip and groin pain in professional male football players and was conducted while she worked at Aspetar, Qatar. Andrea previously worked for 18 years at the Australian Institute of Sport as a Senior Sports Physiotherapist. She has been an Australian team physiotherapist at many sporting events including the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics Games and continues to practice clinically in conjunction with her research work.
Dr Paul Dijkstra Dr. Paul Dijkstra is a Consultant Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician and Director of Medical Education at Aspetar, Qatar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital.

He is a DPhil Evidence Based Health Care Candidate at the University of Oxford. His thesis aims to inform a more rigorous, more inclusive, and more evidence-based approach to research on primary cam morphology.

He has extensive clinical and leadership experience in elite sport including UK Athletics Chief Medical Officer to the Beijing and London Olympic Games.

Paul is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar and has published several papers in peer reviewed journals.

Dr Julie Jacobsen Dr Julie Jacobsen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Unit for General Practice in Aarhus, a senior lecturer at VIA University College Aarhus, and teaches epidemiology and applied biostatistics at the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University. Dr Jacobsen finished her PhD in April 2020, focusing on the outcomes of hip-preserving surgery in patients with hip dysplasia. Dr Jacobsen has researched young patients with hip disorders since 2009, publishing her first papers on patients with external snapping hip in 2012-2013. Dr Jacobsen’s postdoctoral research project investigates an exercise and patient education intervention for patients with hip dysplasia who are not eligible for surgical treatment.

Dr Jacobsen’s research interests also include cross-cultural adaptation of patient-reported outcomes, young and adult patients with knee injuries, and adult patients with shoulder pain. In her current role at the “Move” research group ( https://feap.au.dk/forskning/fysisk-aktivitet-move/), Dr Jacobsen’s research concentrates on designing and evaluating complex interventions in inactive citizens. Julie is also experienced in the clinical and ultrasonographic assessment of patients with shoulder, knee, and hip/groin pain.

Dr Sue Mayes
Dr Sue Mayes has been the Principal Physiotherapist of The Australian Ballet since 1997. As the medical team manager, Dr Mayes treats the diverse injuries of the professional ballet dancer. Dr Mayes has published papers from her PhD, titled: ‘Hip joint health in professional ballet dancers’, and co-authored many ballet injury-related publications. Dr Mayes is  an adjunct research fellow at La Trobe University and is currently researching hip and ankle joint injuries in professional ballet dancers as part of the partnership between The Australian Ballet and La Trobe University. Dr Mayes has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences, including the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Conferences and the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport.
Dr Joshua Heerey
Dr Heerey is a physiotherapist and Hip Osteoarthritis Research and Development Lead at La Trobe University’s Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre.

Dr Heerey obtained his PhD in 2021, with his research programme focusing on understanding the relationship between hip joint imaging findings and pain, and risk factors for development of early hip osteoarthritis in football players.  He has published numerous articles examining the diagnosis and treatment of intra-articular hip conditions and is a current member of the International Hip-Related Pain Research Network and Young Athlete’s Hip Research Collaboration, which are multi-disciplinary international research teams created to improve the care of people living with hip and groin conditions.

Dr Heerey works clinically at Lifecare Prahran Sports Medicine Clinic.  He has a particular interest in the management of longstanding hip and groin conditions.

Mr Roald Otten Roald Otten is Dutch sports physiotherapist working in a private clinic in Heerenveen, one of four official sports education cities in The Netherlands. Through the clinic Roald works with elite athletes from a variety of sports: Soccer, Speedskating, Shorttrack, Gymnastics, Athletics. From 2010 to 2015, Roald was working in Qatar at Aspetar Hospital, where for several years he was the clinical head physiotherapist for the Aspetar Groin Clinic and published several papers through his involvement in groin pain research projects. From 2014, Roald also worked with the Qatar Olympic Football team. Roald is currently completing a MSc in Manual Therapy.
Professor Kay Crossley
Professor Kay Crossley
Professor Kay Crossley is the Director of the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. Her main research focus is on the prevention and management of patellofemoral pain and early-onset osteoarthritis after sports-related injuries. Professor Crossley is a physiotherapist with many years of experience in clinical sports physiotherapy. She has contributed to a number of sports medicine and physiotherapy texts, including every edition of “Brukner and Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine”.

Professor Crossley maintains a strong research interest in optimising treatments for patellofemoral conditions (pain and osteoarthritis). Additionally, she has developed a new focus of research, the development and prevention of osteoarthritis following sports related injuries. This research encompasses three major fields: patellofemoral osteoarthritis following patellofemoral pain, knee osteoarthritis following ACL reconstruction, and hip osteoarthritis following hip-related injuries (including FAI and labral tears).

Dr Matthew King Dr Matthew King is a Physiotherapist, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and Lecturer at the LASEM Research Centre and discipline of Physiotherapy. His research includes osteoarthritis and injury prevention, with a particular focus on the hip joint and lower-limb biomechanics. His research evaluates lower-limb biomechanics to inform and implement assessments and interventions for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr King is the co-chair of the La Trobe Human Research Ethics Committee and member of the International Hip-Related Pain Research Network. He has also held appointments as a clinical consultant to the Transport Accident Commission and the Victorian branch of Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy Australia.

Dr Peter Lawrenson Dr Peter Lawrenson is an APA titled Sport and Exercise Physiotherapist and Lecturer at the University of Queensland. Dr Lawrenson completed his PhD examining hip muscle activity and morphology in people with hip-related pain in 2019. Dr Lawrenson’s current research programme has expanded to encompass the role of hip musculature in adductor and pubic-related groin pain.
Mark Scholes Mark Scholes is an APA Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist and researcher at La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. Mark recently submitted his PhD thesis investigating symptom severity in football players with hip/groin pain and its relationship with hip joint structure and running biomechanics. Mark’s research compared running biomechanics in football players with and without hip/groin pain and investigated the impact of hip joint bony morphology on biomechanics in those with FAI syndrome.

Mark works clinically at Complete Sports Care in Melbourne, where he helps patients with longstanding hip and groin pain conditions. Mark is a member of the International Hip-Related Pain Research Network and is the Deputy Chair of the Victorian Branch of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy Australia.

Rachael Cowan Rachael Cowan is a physiotherapist and anatomist, who recently submitted her PhD thesis at La Trobe University. Her research area of interest is gluteal tendons and muscles and includes a collaborative project with The Australian Ballet.  Rachael has won multiple international and national awards for her research investigating hormone therapy and exercise as interventions for post-menopausal women with Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome.  Clinically, Rachael is a physiotherapist with Football Australia, working with the Australian Women’s National Football Teams, and consults at a private physiotherapy clinic in Geelong, Victoria.
Michael O’Brien Michael O’Brien is a physiotherapist and PhD Candidate at La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. Michael’s research programme is investigating the assessment and management of Hip Dysplasia.

Michael continues to work clinically at  Melbourne Orthopaedic Group (MOG) Sports Medicine as part of The Hip and Groin Clinic. He has been a physiotherapist for almost 15 years across recreational and professional sport, hip and groin research, and various international clinical settings.

Anthony Nasser Anthony is an APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist who is currently completing the final stages of his PhD on proximal hamstring tendinopathy through La Trobe University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) from the University of Sydney and completed a Masters of Physiotherapy (Sports) at the University of Queensland in 2014. Anthony has worked extensively as a clinician in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy and has developed a special interest in hip pain. Anthony is also employed as a Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney, where he coordinates the musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy units within the graduate entry program.


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Organising Committee

  • Dr Andrea Mosler – Senior Research Fellow
  • Dr Joshua Heerey – Post-doctoral Research Fellow
  • Mark Scholes – Research Officer
  • Michael O’Brien – PhD Candidate