As GP’s we all manage musculoskeletal injuries in athletes. Most of us will only see recreational athletes, while our presenter for this month’s post, Dr Corey Cunningham, sees professional and elite athletes. The principals are the same, and as GPs we can give advice, and investigate and manage most injuries. Sometimes, though, specialist opinion is required.

Dr Corey Cunningham is a fellow of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Medicine Physicians (ACSEP), having completed specialty training in Sport and Exercise Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and holds a postgraduate Masters in Sports Medicine from the University of NSW. He is currently Censor in Chief, overseeing the ACSEP examination process, as well as the Chief Medical Officer for the NSW Institute of Sport, the Australasian PGA Golf Tour, Football NSW and Western Sydney Wanderers FC – and consults in Brewarrina 2 – 3 x per year as a visiting specialist.

Dr Cunningham’s experience includes working with elite teams across many sports, including rugby, soccer, rugby league, paralympic sport, rowing, sailing and golf. 

His interests include the management and prevention of injuries in all active people – from recreational to elite, and he recently shared some pearls of wisdom with our first year registrars.

This month, we will listen to the discussion focussing on adult injuries, paying particular attention to the hot topics of:

  • Concussion
  • ACL Rupture
  • Injuries around the foot and ankle
  • Drugs in Sport

Keep a look out for the next episode where we focus on children and adolescent injuries.

You may want to read further, and the following sites have very useful information:

  1. Sports Medicine Australia –
  2. Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority –