RESEARCH AT THE INJURY CLINIC
ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY RESEARCH
Outside of treating clients, Joel is currently developing a research study at Monash University to investigate the measurement of load capacity of the achilles tendon in people who have pain and localised tendinopathy.
This study will form the main component of what will be a PhD thesis, and essentially aim to understand how we measure people’s ability to produce force and absorb load during running and other sports.
Joel will use a 3D biomechanics laboratory and measure the joint angles of the lower limb and force produced during multiple loading activities in people with and without achilles tendinopathy to determine a pattern and measurement of this chronic injury.
At present pain is the only real guide to monitor the response to exercises and running and is very individualised between people based on age, gender and previous strength and running loads. This study hopes to better inform physiotherapists and other clinicians of the ability to progress achilles tendinopathy rehab from the acute onset to return to activity including running, walking and sport.
RUNNING INJURY RESEARCH
Laura currently holds a position at La Trobe University as an Honorary Associate in the School of Allied Health within the College of Science, Health and Engineering. She continues to be involved in research related to running injuries.
Last year she was the primary author of a systematic review that looked at the relationship between running foot strike and injury, biomechanics and performance; this year she has continued in the same research area and is further looking at the impact of running technique modifications on injury, and the clinical implications of advising such modifications.
Anderson, L.M., Bonanno, D.R., Hart, H.F. et al. What are the Benefits and Risks Associated with Changing Foot Strike Pattern During Running? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Injury, Running Economy, and Biomechanics. Sports Med 50, 885–917 (2020).
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