ACT – Adolescent Tendon Injuries Q&A with Professor Jill Cook

SMA is excited to be presenting the Adolescent Tendon Injuries seminar on Thursday November 7th at the National Hockey Centre in Lyneham, ACT.

Professor Jill Cook from La Trobe University in Melbourne will present the seminar. Professor Cook has a long and distinguished history in tendon injury research. She sat down with us to answer a few questions on what you can expect at the seminar!

Explain a little about your career in sports medicine.

I started out in a sports private practice many years ago, after some time in hospitals and traveling. After a few years, I left to start a practice with a sports medicine doctor, this developed into what is now a large and successful clinic. At the same time, I volunteered to work with a variety of sports including hockey, netball, basketball and athletics. I eventually worked with women’s basketball at a junior and senior level and went to the 1996 and 2000 Olympics with the team. I retired in 2000 to concentrate on a research career.

What’s your history in tendon injuries?

I started looking at the literature when I was working with basketball and had athletes who I did not know what to do with. I realised there was very little research in the area, so started to do some very bad research, and was fortunate to meet some people to guide me through the process and to a PhD. From there I combined a clinical career with a research one, as I still do.

Give us a little taste of the topic you’ll be speaking on.

There is a lot of misinformation about when athletes develop tendon injuries and the difference between these and apophyseal injuries in children and adolescents, this lecture will look at the available evidence to improve understanding of this condition.

How does your research effect both sports medicine professionals and everyday athletes?

I don’t know! It is up to them to tell you that! I think we are much better at understanding tendon injuries in athletes and consequently better at managing them.

What do you hope attendees get out of the seminar?

A clearer understanding of tendon issues in young people and athletes.

For more information and to register, click here!