Professor Rod Pope

BAppSc(Phty), GradDipPsychStud, PhD

Professor in Physiotherapy
Albury / Wodonga
Building 673 Room 405

Rod is a registered Physiotherapist with 30 years of experience in the profession, encompassing: Physiotherapy practice; tactical forces injury risk management; applied and translational research; university teaching and research supervision; contracting and consultancy; and leadership and management of a range of organisations, businesses, programs and projects. Rod has provided professional services and program oversight across many locations, including leadership of the implementation project for the ADF’s Defence Injury Prevention Program 2000-2006, and principal investigator roles in a range of multi-site research projects.

Rod is Professor of Physiotherapy in the School of Community Health at Charles Sturt University, and co-leads tactical forces protection and physical performance research with Associate Professor Rob Orr from Bond University. He works with colleagues, internationally, to conduct research and provide advice for military, law enforcement and fire and rescue organisations, collaborates in research on active ageing and allied health care, and facilitates Physiotherapy student learning.

Teaching areas:

  • Research & evidence-based Physiotherapy practice
  • Rural health care
  • Physiotherapy professional practice

Research areas:

  • Tactical forces injury risk management
  • Tactical forces physical performance
  • Active ageing
  • Physiotherapy & allied health care

Current research:

Rod is actively engaged in supervising and conducting research in each of the interest areas listed above, on a continuing basis.

  • Member, Council of Physiotherapy Deans Australia & New Zealand
  • Member, Australian Physiotherapy Association & Occupational Health Physiotherapy National Group
  • Member, Sports Medicine Australia
  • Member, Australasian Military Medicine Association
  • Member, Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health
Journal publications 2012-2017:

Orr, R, Dawes, JJ, Pope, R & Terry, J (2017). Assessing Differences In Anthropometric and Fitness Characteristics between Police Academy Cadets and Incumbent Officers. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002328

Kasehagen, B, Ellis, R, Pope, R, Russell, N & Hing, W (2017). Assessing the reliability of ultrasound imaging to examine peripheral nerve excursion: A systematic literature review. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology,  

Shiel, F, Persson, C, Simas, V, Furness, J, Climstein, M, Pope, R and Schram, B (2017). Reliability and precision of the Nana protocol to assess body composition using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism.

Orr, R, Pope, R, Stierli, M and Hinton, B (2017). Grip strength and its relationship to police recruit task performance and injury risk: A retrospective cohort study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14, 941; doi:10.3390/ijerph14080941.

Tomes, C, Orr, R & Pope, R (2017). The Impact of Body Armor on Physical Performance of Law Enforcement Personnel: A Systematic Review. Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 29:14 (15 pages). DOI: 10.1186/s40557-017-0169-9

Pope, R & Orr, R (2017). Incidence rates for work health and safety incidents and injuries in Australian Army Reserve vs full time soldiers, and a comparison of reporting systems. Journal of Military & Veterans Health, 25 (2): 16-25.

Simas, V, Hing, W, Pope, R & Climstein, M (2017). Effects of water-based exercise on bone health of middle-aged and older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 2017 (8): 39-60.

Knapik, J, Reynolds, K, Orr, R & Pope, R (2017). Load carriage-related paresthesias. Part 2: Meralgia Paresthetica. Journal of Special Operations Medicine, 17(1): 25-31.

Lyons K, Radburn C, Orr R & Pope R (2017). A profile of injuries sustained by Law Enforcement Officers: A Critical Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14: 142 (online, 21 pages); doi:10.3390/ijerph14020142.

Orr R, Pope R, Johnston V & Coyle J (2017). Self-Reported Load Carriage Injuries of Military Soldiers. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 24(2): 189-197. 

Knapik, J, Reynolds, K, Orr, R & Pope, R (2016). Load carriage-related paresthesias. Part 1: Rucksack Palsy and Digitalgia Paresthetica. Journal of Special Operations Medicine, 16(4): 74-79.

Orr, R. & Pope, R. (2016). Gender Differences in Load Carriage Injuries of Australian Army Soldiers. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 17:488 (8 pages). DOI 10.1186/s12891-016-1340-0

Walker, A, Pope, R, Orr, R. (2016). The impact of fire suppression tasks on firefighter hydration: a critical review with consideration of the utility of reported hydration measures. Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 28:63 (10 pages). DOI 10.1186/s40557-016-0152-x

Maurini, J, Ohmsen, P, Condon, G, Pope, R, Hing, W (2016). National Rugby League Athletes and Tendon Tap Reflex Assessment: A Matched Cohort Clinical Study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 17:454 (8 pages). DOI: 10.1186/s12891-016-1305-3

MacDonald, D., Pope, R. & Orr, R. (2016). A Comparison of Work Health and Safety Incidents and Injuries in Part-time and Full-time Australian Army Personnel. Journal of Athletic Training 51(10): DOI: 10.4085/1062-6050-51.10.12

Dawes, J., Orr, R., Brandt, B., Conroy, R. & Pope, R. (2016). The effect of age on push-up performance amongst male law enforcement officers. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning 24(4): 23-27

Southam, M, Driessens, S, Burton, C, Pope, R, Thurnwald, P (2016). A retrospective cohort study of QuickDASH scores for common acute trauma conditions presenting for hand therapy. Journal of Hand Therapy.

Simas, VP, Climstein, M, Hing, W, Pope, R, Walsh, J, and Furness, J. (2016). Ear discomfort in a competitive surfer (Case Study). Australian Family Physician, 45(9): 644-646.

Orr R, Pope R, Knapik JJ. (2016). A Physical Training Framework for Reserve Personnel: A Rationalisation and Recommendations. Strength & conditioning journal, 38(4): 36-41.

Orr, R, Knapik, JJ, and Pope, R (2016). Avoiding Program Induced Cumulative Overload (PICO). Journal of Special Operations Medicine, 16(2): 91 – 95.

Orr, R, Pope, R, Stierli, M, Hinton, B (2016). A Functional Movement Screen Profile of an Australian State Police Force: A Retrospective Cohort Study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 17: 296. DOI 10.1186/s12891-016-1146-0

Dawes, J, Orr, R, Siekaniec, C, Vanderwoude, A, Pope, R. (2016). Associations between anthropometric characteristics and physical performance in male law enforcement officers: a retrospective cohort study. Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 28: 26. DOI: 10.1186/s40557-016-0112-5

Knapik JJ, Orr R, Pope R, Grier T (2016). Injuries and footwear (Part 2). Minimalist running shoes.  Journal of Special Operations Medicine 16(1): 89-96

Orr R, Pope R, Peterson S, Hinton B & Stierli M (2016). Leg power as an indicator of risk of injury or illness in police recruits. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health (Special issue: Occupational Safety and Related Impacts on Health and the Environment), 13, 237; 1-10. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13020237

MacDonald D, Pope R & Orr R (2016). Differences in physical characteristics and performance measures of part-time and full-time tactical personnel: A critical narrative review. Journal of Military and Veterans' Health, 24(1), 45-55.

Knapik JJ, Pope R, Orr R & Grier T (2015). Injuries and athletic footwear, Part 1. Athletic shoe history and injuries in relation to foot arch height and training in boots.  Journal of Special Operations Medicine, 15(4), 103-109.

Orr R & Pope R (2015). Load Carriage: An Integrated Risk Management Approach. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(11S), S119–S128.

Orr R & Pope R (2015). Optimising the Physical Training of Military Trainees. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 37(4), 53-59.

Prowse A, Pope R, Gerdhem P & Abbott A (2015). Reliability & validity of inexpensive and easily administered anthropometric clinical evaluation methods of postural asymmetry measurement in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: a systematic review. European Spine Journal, DOI 10.1007/s00586-015-3961-7

Orr R, Pope R, Johnston V & Coyle J (2015). Occupational Loads Carried by Australian Soldiers on Military Operations. Journal of Health, Safety & Environment, 31(1), 451-467.

Orr R, Coyle J, Johnston V & Pope R (2015). Reported load carriage injuries of the Australian Army soldier.  Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 25(2), 316-322. DOI 10.1007/s10926-014-9540-7

Moran AM, Coyle JA, Pope R, Boxall D, Nancarrow SA & Young J (2014). Supervision, support and mentoring interventions for health practitioners in rural and remote areas: an integrative review and thematic synthesis of the literature to identify key mechanisms for successful outcomes. Human Resources for Health, 12(10).

Orr RM, Pope R, Johnston V & Coyle J (2014). Soldier occupational load carriage: a narrative review of associated injuries. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 21(4), 388-396.

Herrington V & Pope R (2014).The impact of police training in mental health: An example from Australia. Policing & Society: An International Journal of Research & Policy, 24(5), 501-522.

Orr RM, Pope R, Johnston V & Coyle J (2013). Soldier self-reported reductions in task performance associated with operational load carriage. Journal of Australian Strength & Conditioning, 21(3), 39-46

Goodall R, Pope R, Coyle J & Neumayer, R (2012). Balance and agility training does not always decrease lower limb injury risks: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 20 (3), 271-281

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