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Expert list: Women’s football injuries

La Trobe University 2 mins read

Women's football injury experts

Professor Kay Crossley (she/her), Physiotherapist & Director La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre

  • Injuries (all) in women’s football


Dr Brooke Patterson (she/her), Physiotherapist and Project lead – Prep-to-Play

  • Injury prevention in women’s’ football.
  • Ex-player/coach AFLW
  • Experiences as a coach and player in elite sport


Dr Sallie Cowan (she/her), physiotherapist and Senior Research Fellow – women in sport    

  • Knee injuries
  • Injury prevention in women’s football


Dr Andrea Bruder (she/her), physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer Physiotherapy

  • Knee injuries
  • Injury prevention in women’s football


Ms Melissa Haberfield (she/her), Physiotherapist and PhD candidate

  • AFLW physiotherapist
  • Injuries (all) in women’s football
  • Experiences as a physiotherapist in elite sport


Associate Professor Joanne Kemp (she/her), Sports and exercise physiotherapist, Deputy Director La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre    

  • Injury prevention in women’s football
  • Hip and groin
  • Lower back injuries


Professor Peter Brukner (he/him), Sport and Exercise Physician, Professor of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

  • Former Socceroos and Liverpool FC doctor
  • Football injuries and illness (medical doctor)
  • Elite football (Socceroos and Liverpool FC)


Dr Anthea Clarke (she/her), Senior Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Science

  • The menstrual cycle (physiology, tracking, training implementation, coach interaction, education).
  • Athlete monitoring
  • General athlete physiology
  • Recovery topics


Recent article in The Conversation: Women soccer players are more likely to tear their ACL than men. Here’s why – and how we can prevent these injuries

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