Prof Craig Purdam
Prof Craig Purdam FACP was AIS head of physical therapies for 35 years. Prof Purdam has been to five Olympic Games, working with many of Australia’s top athletes, and is known for his research into tendon, hamstring and overuse injuries.
- Craig Purdam was the Deputy Director of Athlete Services and the Head of Physical Therapies at the Australian Institute of Sport.
- Craig Purdam has worked as a clinician in elite sport for over 30 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 also had other associations with the Australian national swimming, track and field and rowing teams.
- He was awarded the Australian Sports medal in 2000 and in 2009 was appointed an adjunct Professor to the University of Canberra.
- 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.
- 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 around twenty one scientific papers on tendinopathy research during the period of 2000-2012.