About The University of Queensland Sports Physiotherapy Masterclass

Inviting all students to join us on for a Sports Physiotherapy Masterclass*, organised by the University of Queensland, at the Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort (Mudjimba room 1&2) as part of the 2023 ASICS Sports Medicine Australia Conference.

It features an opening keynote presentation by Dr Kevin Sims on the management of lumbar bone stress injuries. Kevin is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who has a long history of working in elite sport, particularly with Cricket Australia and Tennis Australia.

The keynote presentation will be followed by two concurrent sessions with presentations by The University of Queensland Master of Sports Physiotherapy students on psychological readiness for return to sport, sex-differences in injury presentations, injury prevention in climbing athletes, intra-muscular tendon injuries, ankle injury sequela and navicular stress fractures.

Please note:

  • Your student ticket for this event includes FREE attendance to the 2023 ASICS SMA Conference Judges Showcase on Clinical Sports Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Sports Injury Prevention, and Physical Activity and Health Promotion from 1–4:30pm and Refshauge Lecture by Dr Rodney Whiteley, “Sports and Exercise Medicine: Past its prime, or hitting its stride? The choice is ours.” from 5:00pm–6:30pm.
  • If you have purchased a four-day 2023 ASICS SMA Conference ticket, attendance to this event is FREE.
  • If you have purchased a one-day 2023 ASICS SMA Conference ticket for Wednesday 11 October, attendance to this event is FREE.

Keynote speaker

Dr Kevin SimsDr Kevin Sims

Title: Lumbar bone stress injury: Taking the time

Kevin attained a PhD from the University of Queensland in 2003 and is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2007). He spent over 20 years as physiotherapist for Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket, providing physiotherapy for men’s and women’s teams during Test match tours, International One-day series, T20 and age-group World Cups. He is currently the National Physiotherapy manager for Tennis Australia and sees patients at Queensland Sports Medicine Centre. He has extensive experience and expertise in the management of lumbar bone stress injuries and low back pain in athletes.

Conference program

TimeRoom: Mudjimba 2Mudjimba 3
8:30amRegistration and welcome 

Keynote presentation: Dr Kevin Sims

Title: Lumbar bone stress injury: Taking the time

Description: Lumbar bone stress injury is a common injury in active adolescent and young adult sports people. Effective management relies on an early diagnosis and a rehabilitation that keeps the person active but also allows the bone to heal. Equally important is an understanding of the risk factors for these injuries to prevent recurrences and to potentially reduce the initial incidence in vulnerable populations.

Speaker: Matt Andrews

Title: Psychological readiness for return to sport

Description: Psychological readiness is often touted as a key component for assessing when an athlete is ready to return to sport but what does this mean and how can we assess and change it?

Speaker: Jennifer Oakley

Title: Stepping through navicular bone stress injuries

Description: Navicular stress fractures have high rates of complication and refracture. Understanding pathoanatomy, risk factors and management options are key to minimising time away from sport.

Speaker: Hannah Worsley

Title: Why female and male athletes are not the same

Description: Exploring the impact of sex and gender on the experience of sports injury and rehabilitation. How best evidence is not enough for best practice when treating women.

Speaker: Kyle Whebell
Title: Intramuscular tendon injuries: Rehab considerations

Description: Intramuscular tendon injuries are unique muscle injuries. Implications for assessment, prognosis, rehabilitation, and return-to-play will be discussed.

Speaker: Ryan Burke

Title: Getting a grip on pulley injuries in sport climbing

Description: With Sport Climbing on the rise, this presentation will discuss primary prevention, assessment, rehabilitation and return to sport following pulley injuries in sport climbers.  

Speaker: Fiona Pringle

Title: Exploring the continuum from ankle sprains to ankle osteoarthritis

Description: With ankle osteoarthritis primarily post-traumatic, this presentation will discuss the impairments that are common and uncommon through the continuum of ankle sprains and osteoarthritis.


Student Ticket: $65*

Please register via the event page on the 2023 ASICS Sports Medicine Australia Conference website, via the button below:

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*The GST exclusive amount will show during the registration process. GST will be included before you check out.

Tickets are required for this conference and can be purchased for $65 each via the Conference website (linked on this page)