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

Scratching beneath the surface: hip resurfacing arthroplasty in athletes

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Hip injuries, Joint injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab

Hip osteoarthritis is an uncommon finding in the active young population, and its incidence increases with age. For the relatively young athlete who desires to continue training and competing, the diagnosis of hip OA may pose a dilemma. Chris Mallac shines a light on hip resurfacing in athletic populations and provides rehabilitation guidelines for practitioners.... MORE

Obsessing about Osteochondritis Dissecans

in Anatomy, Knee injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab

Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the knee is a pathological entity initially presenting as vague internal knee pain. Chris Mallac takes a deep dive into OCD and uncovers the clinical presentation and management. Introduction Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) primarily occurs when the subchondral bone undergoes blood flow disruption leading to ischemia and damage. It may present as... MORE

Getting to grips with the distal radioulnar joint

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Hand injuries, Joint injuries

Wrist injuries account for 3-9% of all sports injuries(1). Chris Mallac gets to grips with distal radioulnar joint injuries and discusses the presentation, diagnosis, and management in clinical practice.  Anatomy and Biomechanics The distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ) allows pronation and supination of the forearm. Along with the proximal radioulnar joint (PRUJ), these two uniaxial pivot... MORE

Thoracic outlet syndrome in the athlete

in Diagnose & Treat, Shoulder injuries

Injuries to the upper extremity’s nerves and blood vessels, although rare, can occur in the overhead athlete. Chris Mallac explores the different causes of thoracic outlet syndrome and the typical signs and symptoms that usually plague an athlete in this confusing, poorly defined, and difficult-to-diagnose problem. First described over 200 years ago and named as... MORE

Little leaguer’s elbow: a growing concern

in Diagnose & Treat, Elbow and arm injuries

While practice might make perfect, too much preparation can damage growing bones. Chris Mallac explains how pitching mechanics and skeletal immaturity contribute to little leaguer’s elbow. 2019 South Williamsport, PA, pitcher Egan Prather (24) throws a pitch in the third inning against the Caribbean Region during the Little League World Series. Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY... MORE

Unusual Injuries: Quadrilateral Space Syndrome

in Diagnose & Treat, Shoulder injuries, Uncommon injuries

Athletes with persistent and undiagnosed shoulder pain may suffer from the rare but painful quadrilateral space syndrome. Chris Mallac unravels this complex diagnosis and offers practical treatment solutions. Quadrilateral Space Syndrome (QSS), first described in 1983, is a rare and unusual shoulder pathology primarily seen in male volleyballers, swimmers, and baseball pitchers(1,2). Athletes with QSS... MORE

Pectoralis major tendon ruptures part II: Rehabilitation management

in Shoulder injuries

Part one of this two-part series on Pectoralis  Major (PM) tendon ruptures discussed the mechanism of injury, signs, and symptoms of a ruptured PM tendon, and the resulting functional limitations. In part two, Chris Mallac explains the management of this condition and describes the post-operative rehabilitation protocol. Most practitioners recommend surgical repair for PM ruptures,... MORE

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