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

The Flexor Hallucis Longus

in Ankle and foot injuries, Diagnose & Treat, Strength

Chris Mallac looks at the anatomy and biomechanics of the FHL the pathogenesis of possible injury, and provides detailed rehabilitation suggestions. The flexor hallucis longs (FHL) has been referred to as the ‘Achilles of the foot’ due to its unique role controlling mid foot pronation and supination.  Its physiological and mechanical properties allow it to act... MORE

Masterclass ankle instability Part III: post-op rehabilitation

in Agility, Ankle and foot injuries, Masterclass, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab

In the third and final installment on the topic of chronic ankle instability, Chris Mallac discusses the post-operative rehabilitation involved in bringing an athlete back to full competition. Ankle sprains in athletes account for a large amount of time away from competition(1,2). Its prevalence as a joint injury may be as high as 20% of all joint injuries... MORE

Brachial plexus injury Part II: the road to recovery

in Diagnose & Treat, Shoulder injuries

In part two of this series, Chris Mallac outlines the imaging/radiology techniques used when diagnosing brachial plexus injuries, and the typical injury-management protocols. Recapping from part one, brachial plexus injuries (commonly known as‘stingers’ and ‘burners’) typically occur as a result of a fall onto the shoulder (such as falling from a bike or horse), contact... MORE

Masterclass on Ankle injury: Part I – when instability...

in Ankle and foot injuries, Joint injuries, Masterclass, Overuse injuries

In the first of this three-part masterclass article, Chris Mallac discusses the progression from acute ankle sprain to chronic and recurrent instability, the relevant anatomy and biomechanics, and how chronic instability can be identified in the athlete. Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries experienced by athletes, and account for a large percentage of... MORE

Masterclass: Infraspinatus form and function

in Joint injuries, Masterclass, Overuse injuries, Shoulder injuries

Chris Mallac describes the anatomy and biomechanics of the infraspinatus, outlines some common injury mechanisms, and provides rehab ideas to improve strength and range of motion in this muscle. The infraspinatus (IS), a muscle of the glenohumeral joint, has multiple functions. These include shoulder external rotation, abduction, and stabilization. It works in conjunction with the... MORE

Uncommon injuries: external iliac artery endofibrosis

in Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Hip injuries, Uncommon injuries

In the series on unusual sporting injuries and conditions, Chris Mallac explores a condition known as external iliac artery endofibrosis, including its pathogenesis in athletes, the typical symptoms, its diagnosis, and the management options available to the clinician. Many athletes experience a certain degree of muscle pain, cramp, and fatigue during high-intensity efforts. Most of these sensations... MORE

Brachial plexus injuries in the athlete

in Acute injuries, Shoulder injuries

Chris Mallac discusses the pathophysiology of brachial plexus injuries, how they occur in high-risk sports, and the typical signs and symptoms suffered by the athlete. Brachial plexus injuries (BPI) are a reasonably common injury in contact-sport athletes. These are typically referred to as ‘stingers’ and ‘burners’, and represent a transient and reversible peripheral neuropraxia of all... MORE

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