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Dr John Orchard

Sport & Exercise Physician

Adjunct Professor, Sydney School of Public Health

Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound (CCPU) Musculoskeletal – ASUM
John Orchard is a sport and exercise physician with over 20 years experience. John obtained his medical degree from the University of Melbourne (1989) and completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship in 1996. He has a PhD in sports injury epidemiology from the UNSW (1999), an MD by thesis from the University of Melbourne (2006). John is an Adjunct Professor, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney and has published over 200 scientific papers and is highly cited with an H-index of 33 (33 publications with at least 33 cites on Web of Science, August 2017). He is currently a member of the editorial board for 4 journals including the British Journal of Sports Medicine and the American Journal of Sports Medicine. He regularly gets invited to speak at national and international conferences.

John is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW, and was medical director for the Cricket World Cup 2015. He was previously a team doctor for the Sydney Roosters NRL team (1998-2013), the Sydney Swans AFL team (1994-1997) and the NSW State of Origin team (2000-2006) and a Sports Medicine Fellow at the Australian Institute of Sport (1993). He provided injury surveillance consultancy services for the Australian Football League from 1992-2014.
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Special Interests:
  • Achilles, patellar, hamstring and other tendinopathies
  • Groin injuries (e.g. adductor tendinopathy, sports hernia)
  • Iliotibial band friction syndrome
  • Other running and sprinting injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hamstring and other muscle strains
  • Pre-surgical opinion for ACL injuries
  • Tennis elbow and rotator cuff tendinopathies
  • Cortisone, polidocanol and PRP injections
  • Shock wave therapy for tendon disorders

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MD by thesis (University of Melbourne, 2006)
PhD (University of New South Wales, 2000)
MBBS (University of Melbourne, 1989)
BA (University of Melbourne, 1989)
Fellow of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians
Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation
Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (UK)
Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound (CCPU) Musculoskeletal - Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine

Academic Positions:

Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, 2008 - present
Editorial Board member, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2001 - present
Editorial Board member, American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2004 - present
Editorial Board member, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine 2009 - present
Editorial Board, Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine 2010 - present
Injury survey coordinator, Australian Football League 1992-2014
Injury survey coordinator, Cricket Australia 1998-present
Injury survey consultant, Australian Rugby Union 2000-2002

Team coverage:
Cricket Australia Chief Medical Officer 2014 – present
Cricket NSW 2008 - present
Sydney Sixers 2011- present
Australian Cricket Team (has previously toured to India, West Indies, England, New Zealand and South Africa)
Sydney Roosters Rugby League Club (NRL) team doctor 1998 - 2013
NSW State of Origin team doctor 2000-2006
Sydney Swans Football Club (AFL) 1994-1997, club doctor