Dr Katherine Rae started working in the field of Sport and Exercise Medicine in 1997. She completed her Sports Medicine Fellowship training with the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians in 2002, after being awarded the College Medal in 2001 for best performance in the Fellowship Examinations. Dr Katherine Rae reports the highlights of her Sports Medicine career as being the two lives that she has saved whilst doing on field sports medicine coverage. The first was an older athlete who had a cardiac arrest after finishing a race at athletics event on her first day ever covering a sports event in 1997, and more recently in 2015 when she correctly diagnosed and treated a tension pneumothorax in a rugby player when he collapsed on the field after being tackled.
Photograph by Tim Hunter, The Daily Telegraph
Dr Rae has a special interest in AFL, rugby, track and field, basketball and netball injuries through many years of sports coverage in these areas. She has a particular interest in lower limb injuries and is a part of the foot and ankle research group at Sydney Uni, primarily researching syndesmosis sprains. She is also interested in acute trauma and concussion management, as well as biomechanical and overuse syndromes and women and children in sport. Through working with the Elite Athlete Program at Sydney Uni she has also treated elite athletes from a very long and varied list of sports separate to those listed above.
Her personal participation in sports has also been much and varied, including competing in Track and Field, Rugby, and Netball in adult life. She has also participated in various forms of dance including Latin and more recently Ballet.