A. Prof. Craig Purdam Clinician | Educator | Researcher

May 29, 2022 Dr Doug Cary - MSK Physiotherapy Specialist
A. Prof. Craig Purdam Clinician | Educator | Researcher
Show Notes

Physio+10 focuses on the journeys of trailblazing Physiotherapists and today's conversation is with Craig Purdam. Simply put, Craig, is a legend in and out of our Physio world. He has mentored so many colleagues, collaborated in so many areas of Sports Physiotherapy, covered sports at 5 Olympic Games, and in association with other researchers like Jill Cook and Ebonie Rio, has provided us with a tendon rehabilitation model that guides clinical practice today. On top of all that, he is a very humble and generous person.

Our conversation spans;

  • why Craig became interested in Physiotherapy
  • how he became involved in the AIS
  • what it was like attending the Olympics
  • and his interest in lower limb rehabilitation. 

There are many clinical and personal insights in this conversation with Craig.
Thanks for listening.

You can also watch our conversation here.

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 sports for over 40 years and has been a physiotherapist to five Olympic Games (1984-2000) and a longstanding physiotherapist to the Australian National Menโ€™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 an adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and La Trobe University in 2018.


  • 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)

Craigโ€™s major clinical and research interests are in the fields of tendinopathy, chronic hamstring injury, a 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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