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Sally Child

Olympic Park Campus
MSM, BPod(Hons)


Sally joined the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre team in 2001 and is currently the head of the Podiatry department. Sally was awarded a first class honours in her under graduate studies at La Trobe University and won the Young Investigator’s award at the Victorian Podiatry Conference in the year 2000. Sally worked in Perth for 18 months before she made the move to OPSMC. It was in Perth that she gained valuable sporting experience working with both the Perth Wild Cats Basketball team and the AIS hockey squad.

Sally completed her Master of Sports Medicine (by Research) at the University of Melbourne in 2010. Her research focused on Achilles tendinopathy and the mechanical behaviour of the Achilles tendon in running athletes. Her main findings were published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. As a result of her research Sally has a special interest in the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy in both elite and recreational athletes.

Sally’s practice interests also include lower limb biomechanics and footwear technology. She has a particular interest in Australian Rules Football, track and field athletics, recreational running and the treatment of children. Sally has worked with a number of sporting teams and organisations including the Victorian Bushrangers cricket team, the Australian Ballet School and has been the Podiatrist for the Richmond Football Cub since 2001. Sally has also liaised with Little Athletics Victoria and the PGA.

Sally’s sporting background is track and field athletics but more recently she completed her first marathon.


Master of Sports Medicine (MSM), University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Podiatry with Honours (BPod(Hons), La Trobe University

Career Highlights / Affiliations / Associations

  • Team Podiatrist – Richmond Football Club (Present)

Research / Publications

Podiatry Honours Thesis: The effect of two different foot orthoses, flexible and rigid, on ground reaction forces during running, 1998
MSM Thesis: Tendon-aponeurosis strain and clinical features of runners with and without Achilles tendinopathy, 2010
Journal publication: “Mechanical Properties of the Achilles Tendon Aponeurosis Are Altered in Athletes with Achilles Tendinopathy”, Child et al; The American Journal of Sports Medicine 2010, Vol, 38, No. 9, 1885-1893

Professional Conference Presentations

  • Poster Presentation – National Sports Medicine Conference (2010)
  • Presenter – Post Graduate Certificate in Lower Limb Anatomy (2009 & 2010)
  • Presenter – National Sports Medicine Conference (2008)
  • Poster Presentation – National Podiatry Conference (2007)
  • Presenter – Victorian Sports Medicine Conference (2002 & 2003)
  • Presenter – Victorian Podiatry Conference (2000 & 2006)
  • Presenter – Perth Podiatry Conference (2000)

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