Craig Purdam

27 August 2020

Craig Purdam was the Head of Physical Therapies at the Australian Institute of Sport for 35 years and the Deputy Director of Athlete Services for 3 years. He has worked as a clinician for elite sport for over 40 years and has been a physiotherapist to five Olympic Games (1984-2000) and a longstanding physiotherapist to the Australian National Men'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 adjunct Professor to the University of Canberra and La Trobe University in 2018. Qualifications:
  • 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)
Craig's major clinical and research interests are in the fields of tendinopathy, chronic hamstring injury, calf injury and tissue loading, adaptation and healing mechanisms. He has co-authored around 60 scientific papers and book chapters in these fields.