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Physiotherapy research at the University of Melbourne has established growing international recognition in fields such as sports medicine, exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and related areas of human movement, injury, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

Football, rowing, body building, running, athletics and modern and classical dance are among areas in which the University's research capability has attracted national competitive grants and industry funding.

Other sports and recreation-related research at Melbourne includes work on developing improved methods of growing turfgrass for playing areas and public spaces.

Current research in the School of Physiotherapy probes areas such as hamstring injuries in footballers; rib stress fractures in rowers; the skeletal effects in females of exercise during growth; back pain in young dancers; the relative effectiveness of abshaper and conventionally performed abdominal exercises; the three-dimensional kinematics of the pelvis and hip during running; lower limb over-use injuries in athletes; hip and ankle range of motion and hip muscle strength in young female ballet dancers and 16-18 years old elite dancers; the effectiveness of physiotherapy for patellofemoral pain syndrome; surgical outcomes for recurrent exercise induced compartment syndrome; knee joint position sense as a predictor of injuries and reinjuries, and belief patterns of Australians toward successful athletic performance.

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The University of Melbourne

 

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
School of Physiotherapy
http://www.physioth.unimelb.edu.au/
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Predictors of hamstring injuries in community footballers
Chief Researchers: Bennell Dr K, Wajswelner H
Sponsor: Australian Physiotherapy Association (Victorian Branch)
Duration: 1999-2000
Research Field Classification: 321405 Sports Medicine


Rib stress fractures in rowers
Chief Researchers: Wajswelner H, McMeeken Prof J, Bennell Dr K
Duration: 1998-1999
Research Field Classification: 321405 Sports Medicine


A longitudinal study of the skeletal effect of exercise during growth in females
Chief Researchers: Bennell Dr K, Khan Dr K, Wark Dr J, Cook E, Matthews B
Sponsor: National Health & Medical Research Council
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 321401 Exercise Physiology


Back pain in young dancers
Chief Researchers: McMeeken Prof J, Tully E, Bygott I-L, Story Dr I
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 321402 Biomechanics


Comparison of abshaper and conventionally performed abdominal exercises using surface EMG
Chief Researchers: Wajswelner H, Bennell Dr K
Duration: 1999
Research Field Classification: 321403 Motor Control


Three-dimensional kinematics of the pelvis and hip during running
Chief Researchers: Bennell Dr K, Wrigley T, Blanch P, Rath D
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 321402 Biomechanics


Lower limb overuse injuries in athletes
Chief Researchers: Bennell Dr K, Wrigley T
Sponsor: Australian Physiotherapy Association
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 321401 Exercise Physiology


Does the toe-touch test predict hamstring injury in Australian Rules footballers?
Chief Researchers: Bennell Dr K, Tully E, Harvey N
Sponsor: Australian Physiotherapy Association (Victorian Branch)
Duration: 1998-1999
Research Field Classification: 321402 Biomechanics


Hip and ankle range of motion and hip muscle strength in young female ballet dancers and controls
Chief Researchers: Bennell Dr K, Khan Dr K, Matthews B, McMeeken Prof J
Sponsor: National Health & Medical Research Council
Duration: 1998-2000
Research Field Classification: 321499 Human Movement and Sports Science nec


Hip and ankle range of motion and hip muscle strength in 16-18 year old elite dancers
Chief Researchers: Khan Dr K, Bennell Dr K, Matthews B, Roberts P, Nattrass C, Way S, Brown J
Duration: 1997-2000
Research Field Classification: 321499 Human Movement and Sports Science nec


Belief patterns of Australians to successful athletic performance
Chief Researchers: Hamilton Dr B, Bennell Dr K, Fricker Prof P
Duration: 1999-2000
Research Field Classification: 321404 Sport and Exercise Psychology


Effectiveness of physiotherapy for patellofemoral pain syndrome
Chief Researchers: Bennell Dr K, Green S, McConnell J, Hodges Dr P
Sponsors: Physiotherapy Research Foundation; ANZ Trustees
Duration: 1998-2001
Research Field Classification: 321405 Sports Medicine


A retrospective study of surgical outcome for recurrent exercise induced compartment syndrome
Chief Researchers: Brukner Dr P, Bennell Dr K
Duration: 1999-2000
Research Field Classification: 321405 Sports Medicine


After effects of resisted muscle contractions on the accuracy of joint position sense in elite male athletes
Chief Researchers: McMeeken Prof J, McDonnell Dr R
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 321403 Motor Control


The assessment of knee joint position sense as a predictor of injuries/reinjuries
Chief Researchers: McMeeken Prof J, McDonnell Dr R
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 321403 Motor Control

 

Institute of Land and Food Resources
Department of Resource Management & Horticulture
http://www.landfood.unimelb.edu.au/depts/burnc.html
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Effects of turfgrass plant populations in controlling weeds without chemicals in a newly established seedbed
Chief Researcher: Aldous Dr D
Duration: 1999-2001
Descriptors: COMPETITION; PLANT DENSITY; SPORTS TURF
Research Field Classification: 359999 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services

 


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