BRINGING SCIENCE TO TREATMENT

Chris Mallac

Chris is a highly qualified Physiotherapist and Human Movement Educator with extensive experience in elite level sport. He has worked with elite level State and National level AFL, rugby union and football teams in Australia, UK and France, more recently as High Performance Manager for the Brisbane Roar in the Australian A-League Football Competition.

He still travels the world presenting Rehab Trainer courses and also works as a Physiotherapist and Educational Consultant with Inspire Health Services in Brisbane, Australia.



Articles by Chris Mallac

Plantaris tendon: the nuisance bystander?

in Diagnose & Treat, Leg injuries

The plantaris muscle and tendon are considered unnecessary for the biomechanical function of the lower limb. Yet this benign muscle can cause problems if ruptured or involved in a medial Achilles tendon injury. Chris Mallac explains why, and how to manage an injury to either. The plantaris muscle (PM) is a small, thin, and spindle-shaped muscle... MORE

Uncommon injuries: Proximal hamstring rupture – act sooner rather...

in Anatomy, Leg injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Uncommon injuries

Chris Mallac looks at the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment options for proximal hamstring ruptures in athletes. Although an uncommon form of hamstring damage (only eight to 12% of all hamstring injuries), an untreated rupture at the muscle origin leads to significant functional debilitation(1-3). The actual incidence of undiagnosed rupture may be much higher, thus accounting... MORE

Neuroplasticity part II: brain matters for effective rehab

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve

In part one of this 2-part series on the importance of neuroplasticity in sports injury rehab, Chris Mallac explained how the ability of the cerebral cortex and cerebellum to reorganize and adapt has implications for athletes in the context of skill acquisition for an effective return to sport. In part two, Chris explores more key... MORE

Neuroplasticity in sports injury rehabilitation: Part I

in Anatomy, Improve

In the first part of a 2-part article, Chris Mallac explores the concept of neuroplasticity, and how a better understanding of its underlying principles improves rehab outcomes. Reinjury rates following return to sport are often quite high. In under-25 athletes for example, the incidence of another anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture (or ACL failure) run... MORE

Neuro-dynamics: mobilizing the athlete back to full function and...

in Diagnose & Treat, Improve, Uncommon injuries

Chris Mallac explores the current understanding of nerve mobility and the implications for clinicians treating athletes in their care. David Butler and Michael Shacklock coined the terms neuro-dynamics or neuro-mobilizations to describe the concept that impaired neural movement can cause limitations in the range of motion in the body(1-3). Subsequent research has supported the hypothesis that... MORE

Uncommon injuries: Posterior interosseous nerve dysfunction – a cause...

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Elbow and arm injuries

Lateral elbow and forearm pain can be maddening for racket athletes. In part I of this series on posterior interosseous nerve dysfunction, Chris Mallac explains how PIN injuries differ from typical ‘tennis elbow’ and offers thoughts on the differential diagnosis of forearm pain in athletes.  Lateral elbow pain around the extensor compartment of the forearm is typically attributed... MORE

Uncommon Injuries: Subcoracoid impingement

in Diagnose & Treat, Shoulder injuries, Uncommon injuries

Chris Mallac explores the anatomy and biomechanics of subcoracoid impingement syndrome, including how clinicians can diagnose and most effectively manage this condition. Sub-coracoid impingement (SCI) syndromes are an uncommon cause of anterior shoulder pain in the athlete; the prevalence in the general population who complain of anterior shoulder pain is approximately 5%(1). Although originally identified... MORE

Shock and awe: the role of ESWT in healing...

in Tools and technology

Following on from our recent article on the use of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in adhesive capsulitis, Chris Mallac takes a wider look at this mode of treatment and investigates a number of other sporting injuries where its use might be appropriate and beneficial. Extracorporeal shockwave treatment (ESWT) was developed over 40 years ago to disintegrate urinary... MORE

Fat facts for clinicians treating anterior knee pain

in Diagnose & Treat, Knee injuries

Chris Mallac describes the signs and symptoms of an infra-patella fat pad injury and outlines measures the clinician can take to alleviate pain and pathology in this structure. Injuries to the infra-patella fat pad (IFP) can be a cause of anterior knee pain in athletes – particularly in sports that require forced extension of the... MORE

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