Athlete Research Lab hosted at Elite Rehab

Elite Rehab has built a first-class athlete and injury research testing lab, known as the Athlete Research Lab.

Located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, this state-of-the-art facility is the vision of passionate post-doctoral sports physiotherapist and clinical director, Tim McGrath. Tim has a PhD in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) research and high-level rehabilitation of the knee and lower limb. Alongside fellow clinical director and Sports Physiotherapist Hamish Macauley, who has a clinical interest in shoulder injuries, the state-of-the-art facility is the culmination of over 20 years experience in high-performance team environments, uncompromising dedication to research and a desire to provide athletes with the opportunity to always be their best, no matter the circumstances.

The Fundamentals

Elite Rehab is a cutting edge clinical and research-based facility housed within a multi-disciplinary rehab centre located in Deakin, ACT.

The objective of the lab is to drive innovation and generation of peer-review research publication to ultimately benefit the long-term results of competitive and recreational athletes from a range of backgrounds visiting the facility. The information derived from this project is currently used for a standalone professional development course for physiotherapists through the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and internationally.

The Athlete Research Lab houses world-class equipment and facilities for capture and training of human performance, including (but not limited to):

  • Pitch Ready Testing Software
  • Vicon 3D Motion Analysis System – capable of indoor and outdoor capture
  • Dual Force Platforms and Jump Mat
  • Speed Gates
  • Strength Dynamometry
  • 25m Indoor running track
  • 25m indoor pool
  • Gymnastics Sprung Floor
  • UESAKA and Eleiko Lifting Equipment
  • Outdoor training facilities
  • KT1000 Dynamometer

Examples of Peer Reviewed Publications:

McGrath, T.M., Hulin, B.T., Pickworth, N., Clarke, A., Timmins, R. Determinants of hamstring fascicle length in professional rugby league athletes. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 23(5): p524-528.

Schwab, L. M., McGrath, T., Franettovich Smith, M. M., Mendis, M. D., McGhee, D., & Hides, J. (2019). Mechanisms of traumatic injury to the shoulder girdle in the Australian Football League. Journal of science and medicine in sport22(9), 987–991.

McGrath, T.M., G. Waddington, J.M. Scarvell, N. Ball, R. Creer, K. Woods, D. Smith, and R. Adams, An Ecological Study of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Part 1: Clinical Tests Do Not Correlate With Return-to-Sport Outcomes. Orthopaedic Journal Of Sports Medicine, 2016. 4(11) .

McGrath, T.M., G. Waddington, J.M. Scarvell, N. Ball, R. Creer, K. Woods, D. Smith, and R. Adams, An Ecological Study of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Part 2: Functional Performance Tests Correlate With Return-to-Sport Outcomes. (2325-9671 (Linking)).

McGrath, T.M., G. Waddington, J.M. Scarvell, N.B. Ball, R. Creer, K. Woods, and D. Smith, The effect of limb dominance on lower limb functional performance ? a systematic review. Journal of Sports Sciences, 2016. 34(4): p. 289-302.

If you would like further information on the project please contact the practice.

ERSP Research   Elite Rehab & Sports Physiotherapy Canberra Kingston
The focus of our research is to identify when recovery of function occurs following ACL reconstruction