Adjunct Professor Craig Purdam (DSc FACP), University of Canberra, La Trobe University
Craig Purdam has recently retired after 35 years as the Deputy Director of Athlete Services and the Head of Physical Therapies at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Craig has worked as a clinician in elite sport for nearly 40 years and has been a physiotherapist to five Olympic Games (1984-2000) and physiotherapist to the Australian National Men’s Basketball team over that period. He has also had other associations with the Australian Athletics, Swimming and Rowing teams.
He was awarded the Australian Sports medal in 2000. In 2009 he was appointed an adjunct Professor to the University of Canberra. In 2018 Craig was also appointed to an adjunct Professor position at La Trobe University.
His undergraduate qualification was gained in 1975, a postgraduate diploma in Sports in 1992, a Master’s in Sports in 2000. He was awarded specialist status in Sports Physiotherapy through Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2009. In 2018 Craig was awarded an honorary DSc at LaTrobe University.
Craig Purdam’s major clinical and research interests are in the fields of tendinopathy, chronic hamstring injury and tissue loading, adaptation and healing mechanisms. He has co-authored over forty papers across these areas during the period of 1982-2018 and consults regularly to many professional and Olympic sports.