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Associate Professor John Orchard


MBBS BA PhD MD FACSP FACSM FASMF FSEM(UK)


Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound (CCPU) Musculoskeletal – ASUM
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John Orchard is a Sports Physician with over 20 years experience. He is an Australian and international expert in muscle and tendon injuries (and their non-surgical management). This includes conditions such as Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, patellar tendinopathy (jumper's knee), iliotibial band friction syndrome, groin pain, hamstring tendinopathy, trochanteric pain, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, biceps tendinopathy, rotator cuff tendinopathy, chronic calf and hamstring pain.

John uses treatment methods such as exercise programs, shock wave, PRP (platelet-rich-plasma) injections, ultrasound-guided injections, polidocanol and, only where appropriate, cortisone injections.
John has worked in Sydney, Melbourne and at the AIS in Canberra, including substantial experience working with elite sporting teams. His work includes:

  • Sydney Roosters Rugby League Club (NRL) team doctor 1998 - 2013
  • Cricket NSW 2008 -present
  • Sydney Sixers 2011-present
  • NSW State of Origin team doctor 2000-2006
  • Country Rugby League Representative team doctor 1998-2000
  • Australian U/23 Olympic soccer team 1996, South African tour
  • Sydney Swans Football Club (AFL) 1994-1997, club doctor
  • Australian Cricket Team (touring medical officer India 2007, West Indies T20 World Cup 2010, England 2012)
  • Canberra Bushrangers Baseball Team (ABL) 1991-1993
  • AIS Women’s Basketball team (WNBL) 1993
  • Hawthorn Football Club (AFL) U/19 team doctor 1990-1991

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John also wrote the Orchard Sports Injury Classification System (OSICS), one of the world’s most commonly used systems for coding injury diagnosis in sports injury surveillance systems. OSICS is commonly used in the sports of football (soccer), Australian football, rugby union, cricket and tennis and used in four commercially available computerised injury management systems.