2016 ACT Sport Symposium

Dr Stephan Praet

Dr. Stephan Praet is a Dutch Sport and Exercise Physician, who received his medical training at the Vrije University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, following a Master’s Degree in Human Movement Sciences at the same university.
In April 2015 he joined the Australian Institute of Sport, where, together with his colleagues from the department of Sports Medicine, he is responsible for the clinical management of athlete’s injuries and illnesses. He holds a PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Maastricht University, The Netherlands and he is a Fellow of the European Board of Sports Medicine as well as the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians.
In January 2016 he was appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra to further stimulate research collaboration between the University of Canberra and the Australian Institute of Sport. During the past 6 years Dr. Praet has been involved in >15 research projects on the clinical application of exercise testing and therapeutic exercise in both primary and secondary health care settings. Through transfer of knowledge from Sports Medicine and Exercise Science, and in collaboration with the departments of Intensive Care Medicine, Child Neurology, the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at Erasmus University Medical Center and the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research Unit & Institute of Sports Medicine Copenhagen Bispebjerg Hospital, Denmark, his translational type of research has been focused on both the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal consequences of chronic and excessive metabolic stress.
His current research at the Australian Institute of Sport is aimed at developing and validating highly novel imaging modalities (ultrasound/MRI) for the clinical diagnosis and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal overuse injuries. Parallel to this, he is investigating the potential benefits of nutraceuticals as an add-on treatment for tendinopathy.


This Symposium is jointly presented by SMA ACT & AIS and will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March 2016.