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Andrew’s commitment to professional development and lifelong learning is best demonstrated by his ongoing study. Since 2011 he has been enrolled part-time in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physiotherapy, now at La Trobe University in Melbourne under the supervision of world leading tendon pain physiotherapist and researcher Professor Jill Cook.

The subject of Andrew’s study is side strain injury to fast bowlers in first class cricket. Side strain is a painful and common injury to fast bowlers and baseball pitchers that occurs at the lower rib cage. The study has involved over 5 years of data collection and is endorsed by Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board. The research has included over 200 fast bowlers and received contributions from over 25 physiotherapists of first class cricket teams in Australia and England including both national teams. The goals of the study include investigating the relationship between clinical assessment tests and MRI findings with time to return to play and risk factors for the injury including bowling workload. So far one paper has already been accepted and is currently in the process of being published by the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. Andrew presented preliminary data at the World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket during the Cricket World Cup in Sydney in 2015.

Andrew is currently writing up his thesis and is due to complete by 2019. He has contributed pieces on side strain injury for the most popular sports medicine text book in the world, Clinical Sports Medicine by Peter Brukner and Karim Khan. Andrew has also co-authored two papers that were published in the course of this research path:

Sonographic appearance of side strain

Cricket side strain injuries: a description of trunk muscle activity and the potential influence of bowling technique

During his time at Liverpool FC Andrew was a main author in an expansive review of the management of hamstring injuries in sport. This paper was published in the prestigious British Journal of Sports Medicine and remains one of the most downloaded articles in the history of the Journal. It can be downloaded for free from:

Recurrent hamstring muscle injury: applying the limited evidence in the professional football setting with a seven-point programme


During his 10 years working with professional sports teams, Andrew has featured in the media on several occasions.
Click the links below:



Physio behind recruiting Luis Garcia to the Mariners

(Daily Telegraph)

Experienced Nealon contributing to cause

(CC Mariners Website)

Hampshire Physio to Liverpool FC

("Southampton Daily Echo")

Recruiting Ian Harvey to Hampshire Cricket

("Southampton Daily Echo")

Rehab with World Tour Surfer Adrian Buchan

(Video – surfingmagazine.com.au: “21 days- Ace & Wilko”)



Andrew has also been interviewed for “A Night with Luis Garcia” and on “The Locker Room” on 2GO with Steve Allan in 2016. Audio snippets below courtesy of 2GO


25th June 2016. Managing players at Liverpool FC




25th June 2016: Premier League football & Indian Cricket League





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