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Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the pathophysiology of bone stress injuries
  2. Understand Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (REDs) and how it impacts on bone health
  3. Understand the critical times in life when bone stress injuries are likely to occur
  4. Develop a sound subjective and objective assessments
  5. Develop an understanding of key management options for lower limb bone stress injuries
  6. Learn preventative measures to reduce risk of lower limb bone stress injuries

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Clinical Examination

The athlete history will give you a lot of information as to the likelihood of a bone stress injury. Stuart teaches you what you need to ask, as well as some simple clinical tests to help you come up with a likely diagnosis

Imaging Algorithm
Depending on the location of the suspected lower limb bone stress injury, Stuart will walk you through the appropriate imaging options that will help you reach a diagnosis

Rehab Options

Even though we may be dealing with a lengthy off-loading period with a lower limb bone stress injury, there will always be plenty of rehab exercises that can be done to help the athlete come back stronger than ever before!

Stuart Warden

Dr. Stuart Warden completed his physiotherapy and PhD degrees at the University of Melbourne in Australia before post-doctorate training at the Australian Institute of Sport and Indiana University.

He is currently a Chancellor’s Professor and the Associate Dean for Research within the School of Health and Human Sciences at Indiana University. Stuart directs the Musculoskeletal Function, Imaging, and Tissue (MSK-FIT) Resource Core within the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health. His research focuses on the form and function of the musculoskeletal system with a particular interest on bone stress injuries and the contribution of physical activity to skeletal health. He has contributed over 150 peer-reviewed publications and has served as Deputy Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine and Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Stuart currently serves as Associate Editor for Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise.  


Liam West

Dr Liam West completed a Sports Science degree with first class honours and then went on to graduate from a Medical Degree (Cardiff University, Wales, UK) in 2013. To further specialise, he then completed a Sports & Exercise Medicine Masters Degree before coming to Melbourne to practice as a Sports & Exercise Medicine Registrar. He subsequently finished his registrar training in 2022 and is now a Fellow of the Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians.

He has provided medical services at international events including the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the 2018 Invictus Games and will be travelling to the 2022 Commonwealth Games as the Australian Athletics Doctor. He is currently the Head Doctor for the Hawthorn Football Club (AFL) and is a member of the match day medical team for the Melbourne Rebels.

Liam has led UK & European-wide Sports Medicine committees, is a Senior Associate Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM), sits on the AFL Doctors Association (AFLDA) Executive Committee, and in 2017 was elected the President of the Victorian Council of Sports Medicine Australia.