Professor Bill Vicenzino

Professor in Physiotherapy

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
b.vicenzino@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52781

Overview

Chair in Sports Physiotherapy and Director of Sports Injuries Rehabilitation and Prevention for Health (SIRPH) research unit.

Bill's scholarship is focused on musculoskeletal health, pain and injury with an emphasis on sport and physical activity, where there is a need for evidence based approaches to rehabilitation and prevention. Since graduating as a physiotherapist in 1980, Bill has worked in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, mainly in private practice. During his time in practice and spurred on through his postgraduate coursework studies in Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (1984, 1990) he developed a particular interest in the underpinning evidence for physical therapies – which ones work, why and how? His PhD (2000) focused on mechanisms of spinal manipulative therapy and resulted in publication of an evidenced based theoretical model for this physical treatment. His recent book 'Mobilisation with Movement: The art and the science', which evolved from those early studies, was in the top 10 best sellers at Elsevier Health [Health Professionals Category] in its first year of publication.

Lately his clinical research has focused on treatments for overuse injuries (e.g., tennis elbow and patellofemoral pain), with a number of randomized clinical trials attracting NHMRC funding and being published in high impact medical journals (BMJ, Lancet). This research has questioned the common use of steroid injections for tendinopathy and showed how physical treatments provide effective early resolution of the condition. Bill led a recently completed ARC linkage project with the Australian Institute of Sport that improved our understanding of exercise (cross training) and physical therapies such as tape and orthoses on neuromuscular control of the leg and foot. This involved a team of 4 PhD scholars and a post-doctoral industry fellow, with a number of publications in high impact exercise science journals (e.g., Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise). One of the interesting findings from this work was that cycling prior to running in triathlon leads to impaired muscle control in some athletes and that these are associated with stress injuries of the leg. A specific exercise approach was then shown to mitigate the poor neuromotor control. Bill is currently collaborating as a chief investigator on a NHMRC program grant pursuing further the issues pertaining to musculoskeletal pain and injury, which in part is invigorating his drive to understand better the underlying problems in painful tendons.

Bill has communicated his findings from his research in 145 peer reviewed journal publications, a book and 26 book chapters and over 300 invited workshops, seminars and conference presentations. He has been supervisor for 21 PhD candidates, 11 of which have graduated.

Bill is the co-ordinator for the coursework Master of Sports Physiotherapy program at the University of Queensland and teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate programs in musculoskeletal healthcare, focusing on lower limb and sports physiotherapy. He contributes to the publication of knowledge through service as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Editorial Board member of Physiotherapy Practice and Research, as a member of the International Editorial Panel for Manual Therapy as well as an ad hoc reviewer to a number of medical, sport and rehabilitation journals. He also serves as the UQ Chair of the Medical Research Ethics Committee.

Qualifications

  • GDipManipThy, The University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Curtin University
  • Grad Dip Sports Physiotherapy, The University of Western Australia
  • Master of Science, Curtin University
  • PhD (Phty), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Coombes, B. K., Bisset, L. and Vicenzino, B. (2015). Overview of contemporary issues in practice – The elbow. In Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 4th ed. (pp. 583-594) Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Elsevier.

  • Hsieh, Chang-Yu J., Vicenzino, Bill, Yang, Chich-Haung, Hu, Ming-Hsia and Yang, Calvin (2011). A chronic case of thumb pain and disability with MRI identified positional fault. In Mobilisation with Movement: The art and the science (pp. 164-168) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Vicenzino, Bill, Hall, Toby, Hing, Wayne and Rivett, Darren (2011). A new proposed model of the mechanisms of action of Mobilisation with Movement. In Mobilisation with Movement: The art and the science (pp. 75-85) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Bisset, Leanne and Vicenzino, Bill (2011). A recalcitrant case of aircraft engineer’s elbow. In Mobilisation with Movement: The art and the science (pp. 152-163) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Bisset, Leanne, Hing, Wayne and Vicenzino, Bill (2011). A systematic review of the efficacy of MWM. In Mobilisation with Movement: The art and the science (pp. 26-63) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Vicenzino, Bill (2011). Elbow tendinopathy. lateral epicondylalgia. In Ceesar Fernaandez de las Penas, Joshua A. Cleland and Peter A. Huijbregts (Ed.), Neck and arm pain syndromes : evidence-informed screening, diagnosis and management (pp. 312-318) Maryland Heights, MO United States: Elsevier Ltd. doi:10.1016/B978-0-7020-3528-9.00023-6

  • Rivett, Darren, Vicenzino, Bill, Hing, Wayne and Hall, Toby (2011). Introduction. In Bill Vicenzino, Wayne Hing, Darren Rivett and Toby Hall (Ed.), Mobilisation with Movement: The Art and the Science. (pp. 2-8) Australia: Churchill Livingstone - Elsevier Australia.

  • Teys, Pam and Vicenzino, Bill (2011). Mobilisation with Movement in the management of swimmer’s shoulder. In Mobilisation with Movement: The art and the science (pp. 143-151) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Vicenzino, Bill, Hing, Wayne, Hall, Toby and Rivett, Darren (2011). Mobilisation with Movement: The art and science of its application. In Mobilisation with Movement: The art and the science (pp. 9-25) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Hodges, Paul and Vicenzino, Bill (2011). Motor and sensorimotor deficits and likely impact of Mobilisation with Movement. In Mobilisation with Movement: The art and the science (pp. 93-100) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Hing, Wayne, Hall, Toby, Rivett, Darren and Vicenzino, Bill (2011). Mulligan’s positional fault hypothesis: Definitions, physiology and the evidence. In Mobilisation with Movement: The art and the science (pp. 66-74) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Sterling, Michele and Vicenzino, Bill (2011). Pain and sensory system impairments that may be amenable to Mobilisation with Movement. In Mobilisation with Movement: The art and the science (pp. 86-92) Chatswood, N.S.W., Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Vicenzino, Bill, Hall, Toby, Hing, Wayne and Rivertt, Darren (2011). Technique troubleshooting. In Mobilisation with Movement: The art and the science (pp. 220-222) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Vicenzino, Bill, Smith, Michelle and Bisset, Leanne (2011). The elbow and forearm complex. In Exercise therapy in the management of musculoskeletal disorders (pp. 113-128) Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing.

  • Vicenzino, Bill, Hall, Toby and O'Brien, Tracey (2011). Two single case studies of lateral ankle sprain in young athletes. In Mobilisation with Movement: The art and the science (pp. 208-217) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Cook, J. L. and Vicenzino, B. (2009). Exercise for the treatment of tendinopathy. In Kibler, W. B. (Ed.), OKU4 Orthapaedic Knowledge Update: Sports Medicine 4th ed. (pp. 313-318) Illinois, USA: American Academy of Orthapaedic Surgeons.

  • Vicenzino, B. and Souvlis, T. (2008). Efectos analgesicos de la terapia manual en la columna cervical. In R. T. Cueco (Ed.), La Columna Cervical:Evaluacion Clinica y Aproximacinoes Terapeuticas Principios anatomicos y funcionales, explorracion clinica y tecnicas de tratamiento (pp. 303-318) Spain: Editoral Medica Panamericana.

  • Vicenzino, B., Souvlis, T. and Sterling, M. (2008). Neurophysiologic Effects of Spinal Manipulation. In Huijbregts, P. A., Fernadez-de-las-penas, C., Arendt-Nielsen, L. and Gerwin, R. D. (Ed.), Tension-Type and Cervicogenic Headache. Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management (pp. 213-220) United State of America: Jones and Bartlett.

  • Webb, Gillian, Skinner, Margot, Jones, Sue, Vicenzino, Bill, Nall, Cathy and Baxter, David (2008). Physiotherapy in the 21st Century. In Joy Higgs, Megan Smith, Gillian Webb, Margot Skinner and Anne Croker (Ed.), Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice 1st ed. (pp. 1-19) Chatswood, N.S.W. Australia: Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier.

  • Souvlis, T., Vicenzino, B. and Wright. A. (2004). Neurophysiological effect of spinal manual therapy. In Jeffrey D. Boyling and Gwendolen A. Jull (Ed.), Grieve's Modern Manual Therapy: The Vertebral Column 3rd ed. (pp. 367-380) Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone.

  • Vicenzino, Bill, Souvlis, Tina and Wright, Anthony (2002). Musculoskeletal pain. In Jenny Strong, Anita M. Unruh, Anthony Wright and G. David Baxter (Ed.), Pain: A Textbook for Therapists 1st ed. (pp. 327-349) Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone.

  • Strong, Jenny, Sturgess, Jennifer, Unruh, Anita M. and Vicenzino, Bill (2002). Pain assessment and measurement. In Jenny Strong, Anita M. Unruh, Anthony Wright and G. David Baxter (Ed.), Pain: A Textbook for Therapists 1st ed. (pp. 123-147) Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone.

  • Vicenzino, Bill and Wright, Anthony (2002). Physical Treatment. In Jenny Strong, Anita M. Unruh, Anthony Wright and G. David Baxter (Ed.), Pain: A Textbook for Therapists 1st ed. (pp. 187-206) Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

  • Vicenzino, B.G.T., Dalgleish, M. and Neal, J. (2001). Swing technique change and adjunctive exercises in the treatment of wrist pain in a golfer: A case report. In Patrick R Thomas (Ed.), Optimising performance in golf (pp. 200-206) Brisbane: Australian Academic Press.

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