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FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence

Auckland

Axis and UniSports Sports Medicine Centre is an accredited FIFA Centre of Excellence for the treatment of all sports injuries and is located in University Park, St Johns, Auckland. We have a secondary site on Auckland’s North Shore. We have a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of sports injuries with a raft of different specialists on site, including sports physicians, sports orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, massage therapists, and podiatrists. With such a diversity of specialists under the same roof, it is easy to coordinate the whole process of injury diagnosis, surgical intervention if needed and, most importantly, top-quality rehabilitation. This rehabilitation is enhanced by our close liaison with the University of Auckland’s exercise physiologists and conditioners, which allows a transition into the laboratory testing and gymnasium setting.

The Sports Medicine Department offers all facets of base-line examinations for athletes, including football players. This also entails the management of injuries and appropriate education for prevention. The Orthopaedic Surgery Department specialises primarily in the diagnosis and treatment of knee, ankle and shoulder injuries. We work closely with New Zealand’s leading sports cardiology group.

We pride ourselves on having the most comprehensive quality service available in New Zealand for the treatment of sports injuries and look forward to offering this care to all our football clients. While football injuries make up a large part of our work, recreational athletes of all kinds can also expect the same level of care as our country’s top performers.

Axis and UniSports Sports Medicine is also a clinical teaching and research facility. Our medical specialists are respected lecturers and speakers in their particular fields and we are proud to be associated with the teaching departments of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland, and the Faculty of Health Studies of the School of Physiotherapy at the Auckland University of Technology.

We have an ongoing commitment to the orthopaedic teaching of 4th year medical students from the University of Auckland, and also provide clinical attachment opportunities for medical doctors undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine.

Our research activities are continuously growing. In addition, we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other sports or health-related organisations in new and challenging clinical research projects.

Fact sheet

Auckland

Established 1994

Accredited FMCE since 2007

All aspects of musculoskeletal disorders, incl. sports medicine

8 sports & exercise physicians, 3 sports & exercise registrars, 5 orthopaedic surgeons, 7 physiotherapists

39,100 individual interventions

www.axissportsmedicine.co.nz
www.sportsmed.net.nz

Administration

Auckland

Name
Dr Tony Edwards, MD

Title
Director / Head of FMCE

Email
pa@axissportsmedicine.co.nz

Phone number:
+64 9 521 9811

Postal address
71 Merton Rd, Saint Johns, Auckland, New Zealand

Name
Dr Mark Fulcher, MD

Title
Head of Research

Email
pa@axissportsmedicine.co.nz

Phone number:
+64 9 521 9811

Postal address
71 Merton Rd, Saint Johns, Auckland, New Zealand

Name
Kim Archibald

Title
Strategic Business Manager

Email
k.archibald@axissportsmedicine.co.nz

Phone number:
+64 27 259 3449

Postal address
71 Merton Rd, Saint Johns, Auckland, New Zealand

Name
Andrea Saker

Title
PA

Name
Robyn Wright

Title
PA

Email
pa@axissportsmedicine.co.nz

Phone number:
+64 9 521 9815

Email
pa@axissportsmedicine.co.nz

Phone number:
+64 9 521 9815

Postal address
71 Merton Rd, Saint Johns, Auckland, New Zealand

Postal address
71 Merton Rd, Saint Johns, Auckland, New Zealand

Scientific

Contribution

Top publications

  • Authorship of multiple modules of the FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine
  • Bizzini M, Dvorak J, Eiles M, Fulcher M, Haratian Z: Injury Prevention in Football and the FIFA 11+; Aspetar Journal of Sports Medicine 2016
  • Reid, Duncan DHSc PT; Leigh, Warren FRACS; Wilkins, Stephanie BHSc PT; Willis, Royce BHSc PT; Twaddle, Bruce FRACS; Walsh, Stewart FRACS: A 10-year Retrospective Review of Functional Outcomes of Adolescent Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics, July 2015
  • Stewart J Walsh, Bruce C Twaddle, Michael P Rosenfeldt and Matthew J Boyle: Arthroscopic treatment of anterior ankle impingement : a prospective study of 46 patients with 5-year follow up; The American Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol 41 Num 11 November 2014
  • Robinson M, Fulcher M. Delayed healing of a navicular stress fracture, following limited weight-bearing activity. BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Mar 11;2014
  • Robinson M, Fulcher M. Brachial neuritis following a corticosteroid injection. BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Mar 4;2014
  • Exeter DJ, Elley CR, Fulcher ML, Lee AC, Drezner JA, Asif IM: Standardised criteria improve accuracy of ECG interpretation in competitive athletes: a randomised controlled trial. Br J Sports Med. 2014 Aug;48(15):1167-71
  • KJ Bell, ML Fulcher, DS RowlandsN Kerse: Impact of autologous blood injections in treatment of mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy: double blind randomised controlled trial, bmj.com 2013
  • Exeter D, Connell DA. Skeletal muscle: functional anatomy and pathophysiology; Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2010 Jun;14(2):97-105
  • Hanna CM, Fulcher ML, Raina Elley C, Moyes SA: Normative values of hip strength in adult male association football players assessed by handheld dynamometry, J Sci Med Sport 2010; 13:299-303
  • Fulcher ML, Hanna CM, Raina Elley C. Reliability of handheld dynamometry in assessment of hip strength in adult male football players. J Sci Med Sport 2010; 13:80-84.
  • Matthew A. Halanski, MD, Jan E. Davison, NZRGON, Jen-Chen Huang, MBChB, Cameron G. Walker, PhD, Stewart J. Walsh, FRACS, Haemish A. Crawford, FRACS: Ponseti Method Compared with Surgical Treatment of Clubfoot; J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2010 Feb; 92 (2): 270 -278

Current research programmes

  • Does Saphenous Nerve Block in Hamstring ACL Reconstruction Matter? A Randomised Controlled Trial
  • Outcomes Following Open Surgical Repair for the Treatment of Recurrent Shoulder Instability in Patients 20 Years and Younger
  • Minimum two year follow-up post surgical treatment of exertional compartment syndrome
  • Clinical outcomes following hindfoot arthroscopy
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