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John Orchard AM

Sport & Exercise Physician

Adjunct Professor, Sydney School of Public Health

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 Orchard was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in January 2020 for significant service to sports medicine, particularly cricket
John has worked in Sydney, Melbourne and at the AIS in Canberra, including substantial experience working with elite sporting teams. His work includes:

  • Cricket Australia Chief Medical Officer 2014 – present
  • Cricket NSW 2008 - present
  • Sydney Sixers 2011- present
  • Australian Cricket Team (has previously toured to India, West Indies, England, New Zealand and South Africa)
  • Sydney Roosters Rugby League Club (NRL) team doctor 1998 - 2013
  • NSW State of Origin team doctor 2000-2006
  • Sydney Swans Football Club (AFL) 1994-1997, club doctor
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.