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A life in Sport, Medicine and Health
— Dr Peter Brukner

Peter Brukner OAM, MBBS, FACSP, FACSM, FASMF, FFSEM is a specialist sports and exercise physician and the founding partner at the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne. Peter is a world renowned sports medicine clinician and researcher. His most recent team appointments have been as Head of Sports Medicine and Sports Science at Liverpool Football Club and, until 2017, Team Doctor for the Australian cricket team.

Peter is Professor of Sports Medicine at the La Trobe Sport & Exercise Medicine Research Centre at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Peter has published widely internationally with a number of books, book chapters and over 100 original research articles. He is the co-author of Clinical Sports Medicine, a best selling general sports medicine text in its fifth edition as well as Stress Fractures, Food for Sport,  Encyclopedia of Exercise and Sport Health and Clinical Sports Anatomy.

Peter has served two terms as President of the Australian College of Sports Physicians during which time he was instrumental in the establishment of a specialist level training program in Australia for sports medicine physicians. Peter was the first Australian to be elected to the Board of the American College of Sports Medicine.

His major area of research interest has been in overuse injuries particularly stress fractures, but he has also published widely in areas such as groin pain, exercise-related lower leg pain, fatigue and the female athlete. Peter has been the keynote speaker at numerous international conferences including the World Congress of Sports Medicine, the Asian Congress of Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine and the British Association of Sports Medicine. He has been co-president of the Football Medicine conference for the past four years.

He is currently Senior Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and has previously been Senior Associate Editor of the Clinical Journal of Sport  Medicine and Current Sports Medicine Reports as well as being a past editor of Sport Health.


Peter has been team physician for Melbourne and Collingwood AFL clubs as well as national athletics, swimming, soccer, men's hockey and cricket teams. He was an Australian Team Physician at the Atlanta Olympic Games, Team Manager of the Australian athletics team at the Sydney Olympics and a National Selector for Athletics Australia. He was the Socceroos’ Team Doctor for the 2010 World Cup campaign. In 2008 Peter was elected to the Board of Hockey Australia.

His contribution to sports medicine has been recognised by the award of the inaugural Citation for Distinguished Service by the Australian College of Sports Physicians and the Citation Award of the American College of Sports Medicine. In 2006 Peter was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to sports medicine.

Peter has extensive media experience having appeared on most of Australia’s sports shows on television and radio. He has previously written a weekly injury column and regular feature articles for The Age, and been part of the ABC Radio football commentary team. For a number of years Peter presented a Health and Fitness show each week on SEN radio as well as a regular injuries show for Fox Footy TV.  While living in the UK, he presented on Sky Sports and TalkSport in the UK. He is also an expert on Olympic Games history and has presented a number of Olympic shows on SEN radio in Melbourne

Peter has also had a long involvement in amateur sport including 45 years service to Melbourne University Blues football including eight as president. He has been heavily involved with Powerhouse men's hockey club.

More recently Peter has become interested in lifestyle issues and their relationship to health. In particular he is interested in the role of diet, especially a low carb diet, in both health and athletic performance. Peter has established the not-for-profit campaign SugarByHalf with the aim of reducing the intake of added sugar in Australia. He lectures regularly on these topics and has recently published a best selling book A Fat Lot of Good.