AIS and Newcastle Uni research helps athletes bounce back from HAMI

A RESEARCH project focused on helping basketballers to bounce back from hamstring and adductor injuries – the two most common tendon injuries in the sport – is expected to help other Australian athletes.

Researchers from the University of Newcastle (UON) have taken the lead on the research and are working alongside the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Basketball Australia to improve injury prevention and rehabilitation strategies for athletes. 

The study – astutely named the HAMI Study to investigate Hamstring and Adductor Myotendinous Injury risk factors in basketball – is a collaboration between UON, AIS, Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence, La Trobe University and Charles Sturt University.

The HAMI study has received more than $390,000 in funding from a strategic partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and General Electric (GE) Healthcare which aims to address injuries affecting NBA players and pass those findings on to everyday athletes

UON researcher Suzi Edwards and her team would study top male Australian basketball players over three years to determine the different biomechanical factors involved in muscle injuries.

“Hamstring and adductor injuries are the two leading myotendinous injuries in basketball players, but athletes of any sport are susceptible to injuring their thigh muscles when they attempt to suddenly slow down or speed up their running speed,” Dr Edwards said.

“Our findings will improve the understanding of risk factors of injury and re-injury in basketball and will be applicable to other sports such as soccer and football that have a high incidence and reoccurrence rate of these injuries.”

AIS co-investigator and senior sports physiotherapist, Mick Drew, said as the country’s leading sports training institute the AIS was working collaboratively on the project and being at the forefront of developing new methods to optimise athletic recovery.

“Injuries affect both the long term health of athletes and they also interrupt their athletic careers and goals,” Mr Drew said. “By working with Basketball Australia and University of Newcastle, we have the potential to turn around the rate of injury and to minimise the same injuries reoccurring.”



Brisbane Global Tens to kick off ‘rugby heaven’ in 2017

RUGBY aficionados call it ‘the game they play in heaven’ and if that’s the case then the rugby angels will be alighting in Brisbane in February 2017.

The inaugural Brisbane Global Tens tournament and the two-day sporting bonanza will bring some of the world’s best rugby players to Brisbane. 

Reinforcing the city’s reputation as a premier sporting event destination, the Brisbane Global Tens tournament will bring 300-plus players from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Japan and Samoa together for a gladiatorial spectacle expected to attract fans from throughout Australia and overseas.

Billed as two days of ‘rugby heaven’ with $1.6 million in prize money up for grabs, the exclusive 10-a-side competition will be played at the world-class Suncorp Stadium, which is conveniently to the Caxton St dining and entertainment precinct.

Every Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby franchise will participate, along with four invitational teams from the four other nations involved.

Brisbane  Mayor Graham Quirk said the new tournament demonstrated Brisbane’s growing desirability as a location to host high-profile international sporting events.

“Our 2022 New World City Action Plan aims to deliver major drawcard events for Brisbane and the new tournament fits that bill perfectly,” Cr Quirk said.

“This is an elite competition in which traditional rivalries will be played out in what many consider Australia and New Zealand’s best rugby stadium – Suncorp.

“An event like the Brisbane Global Tens is not just a boon for sports fans though. It provides a financial boost to our hotels, local businesses, retailers and tourism attractions as well as a sense of community spirit as people gather to watch the games at the stadium and elsewhere.

“We welcome all the football codes in Brisbane, but rugby has really taken centre stage when it comes to international sporting contests here lately. In June we had the Wallabies play England and on September 10 they will take on South Africa at Suncorp Stadium.

“Along with the Brisbane International and the World Science Festival Brisbane, the Brisbane Global Tens will be a fantastic kick-off to major events hosted by our city in 2017.”

The Global Tens concept is expected to herald an exciting new era for the game in an abbreviated form of rugby that will be fast and furious; sitting between Sevens and the full 15-a-side version.

“It’s the best of both worlds, offering the pace and freedom of Sevens with the physical intensity and high-quality forward and backline play of the traditional game,” Cr Quirk said.

“The tournament marks the first time Suncorp Stadium has hosted a major rugby tournament over two days and I expect all the games will be sell-outs.

“For local fans it’s a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see the Queensland Reds take on some of the best teams in the world.”

The Brisbane Global Tens tournament will be delivered by Duco Events supported by Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing.




Crows kick goals for remote Indigenous students

THE ADELAIDE Crows AFL club is partnering with the Federal Government to deliver its Ready Set Crow Project to help Indigenous children from remote South Australian communities attend school in Adelaide and develop pathways to further education.

Adelaide Football Club CEO, Andrew Fagan, said the club was thrilled to be able to extend its reach in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands and Far West Coast regions. 

“The Ready Set Crow Project commenced last year as an intensive mentoring program designed to engage youth, provide support to families and students and encourage educational pursuits in partnership with the Wiltja Residential Program,” Mr Fagan said.

“Led by Crows legend Andrew McLeod and his wife Rachael, the programme has seen great results so the club is delighted to be able to expand its work in this space thanks to the support of the Australian Government.”

Ready Set Crow is funded until 2017 and will be delivered in partnership with the Australian and SA Governments, schools, key education stakeholders in the delivery regions and Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) providers for the APY Lands and Far West Coast regions.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said the government would invest $300,000 in the Ready Set Crow Project to build on the success of the RSAS in South Australia.

As a result of this investment, the Ready Set Crow Project will provide mentoring and support to primary school students in years 5, 6 and 7 from remote communities across SA.

Through the project, the Adelaide Football Club will provide mentoring and support and collaborate with Wiltja Residential to provide scholarship opportunities.

The Ready Set Crow Project involves Adelaide Football Club staff directly engaging with students and their families to promote opportunities for the students to further their education and access boarding school facilities.

Mr Scullion said attending school gave children the best chance for a good start in life.

“The Coalition Government’s RSAS program is helping to get more Indigenous children in South Australia to school, which is vital to opening up higher education and employment opportunities later in life,” Mr Scullion said.

“The Ready Set Crow Project provides students with opportunities to attend school in Adelaide so they can continue their secondary education and build pathways for further education.”



Being a good sport on voting rights - Mullins

THE vexed issue of voting rights is one of the most contentious and, often, business progress-limiting concerns for sports organisations.

Mullins Lawyers partner John Mullins said it was becoming an increasingly tricky area and recommended sports organisations focus on adjusting constitutions ahead of problems that may emerge because outdated voting systems may impinge on sports development. 

“There are as many different structures, methods and formulas to determine members’ voting rights as you can imagine,” Mr Mullins said. “Indeed the variables are only limited by your imagination.

“In some organisations individual members have voting rights and in other organisations the voting rights belong to other legal structures, regions or clubs within the organisation.

“Probably the issue that gets most focus is the right to appoint a proxy. There is a good deal of confusion as to whether proxies are lawful, unlawful, mandatory or optional,” he said.

“The simple fact is that for a company limited by guarantee proxies are mandatory. The Corporations Act proxy rule is not a replaceable rule and for companies limited by guarantee the constitution should provide for proxy voting.”

Mr Mullins said for incorporated associations under the Associations Incorporation Act, whether there is a right to proxies or not depends on what is written in the constitution.

“If the constitution says there are proxies, then there are,” he said. “If the constitution says there are not proxies, then there are no proxies.

“There is a good deal of confusion as to whether proxies are lawful, unlawful, mandatory or optional.”

Where this becomes even more murky is in Section 47 of the Associations Incorporation Act which says: “If a matter is not provided for under an incorporated association’s own rules but the matter is provided for under a provision of the model rules, the association’s own rules are taken to include the additional provision.”

Mr Mullins said in  his experience it was possible to provide in a constitution that Section 47 does not apply.

“If the constitution is silent on proxies and you have not specifically excluded the application of Section 47 then pursuant to Clause 40 of the Model Rules, proxies are permitted in your association,” Mr Mullins said. “We see numerous examples in companies limited by guarantee where proxies are prohibited and other examples of where incorporated associations who should, by virtue of the application of the Model Rules above, allow proxies but don’t.”

Mr Mullins suggested sports bodies seek legal advice well ahead of time on how their constitutions may need to be reconfigured to achieve modern objectives.