Research and sharing leading edge information
Research is essential to the understanding of our world. At SPARC our practitioners have been involved principally in applied research. Applied research has application outside of the laboratory in practical everyday activity. Areas of research have included hamstring muscle injuries, groin and hip injuries, and Achilles tendon injuries – all of which are commonly seen injuries in our active sporting community.
All practitioners at the Sports and Arthritis Clinic (SPARC) are expected to undertake and present research. Dr Geoffrey Verrall has multiple publications in Hip and Groin Injuries, Hamstring Injuries and recent work with the University of Adelaide Physics Department on the Mechanisms that occur in musculoskeletal injuries. Dr Duncan Walker has just concluded a hip range of motion study for groin injuries on an elite Australian football population, and is commencing further research on stem cell applications.
The discipline and learning of research is valuable to patient care. It teaches practitioners to be logical and methodic. This lessons can be seen if you see a SPARC practitioner for a complex musculoskeletal problem. The Sports and Exercise Physicians are the recognized specialists by the Medical Board of Australia in the Sports medicine field and are eminently suited to assist with these complex musculoskeletal injuries.
We remain committed to research at SPARC as we are well positioned to not just undertake this research, but importantly apply this to our patients in a practical manner that improves outcomes.
As well as practical applied research we undertake education sessions for all our practitioners. As part of our passion for teaching and sharing current knowledge these sessions are available to other medical practitioners and allied health outside of those working at SPARC. If you are interested in attending please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you an invitation.