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Department of Chiropractic


Mr Michael Swain
BChiroSc (Macquarie), MChiroprac (Macquarie), ICSSD (FICS), MPhil (Macquarie), PhD [Cand] (University of Sydney)


Phone: +61 2 9850 4053
Fax: + 61 2 9850 6389

Mr Michael Swain is a registered chiropractor with experience in sports injury assessment and management. Before his appointment as a Lecturer in Chiropractic, Michael was a chiropractor in private practice and worked with a community based Rugby Union Club. He has recently completed a Master of Philosophy at the University in the area of sports injury epidemiology. His current research area is the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders in children and adolescents. Michael is affiliated with the George Institute for Global Health as a PhD candidate.

Courses convened and taught:
CHIR213 (Chiropractic Sciences 3);
CHIR214 (Chiropractic Sciences 4).

Administrative duties:
Faculty of Science Disciplinary Committee (Member)

Research interests: Paediatric Musculoskeletal Conditions, Sports Injury Epidemiology.

Recent (last 5 years) publications:

Books Chapters:
Swain MS.  The later years - the elderly (Case37.6). In: Beirman R (ed). Cases in differential diagnosis for the physical and manipulative therapies. Churchill Livingstone, Sydney, 2912. (ISBN: 9780729539975)

Journal Publications:
Lystad RP, Swain MS, Graham PL. Risk factors for injury in Olympic-style competition taekwondo: a systematic review. J Sports Med Phys Fitness; [accepted]

Swain M, Henschke N. Therapeutic ultrasound is not clinically beneficial for acute ankle sprains. Br J Sports Med. 2012;46(4):241-2

Swain MS, Lystad RP, Pollard HP, Bonello R. Incidence and severity of neck injuries in rugby union: A systematic review. J Sci Med Sport 2011; 14(5):383-389

Swain MS, Pollard HP, Bonello R. Incidence, severity, aetiology and type of neck injury in men's amateur rugby union: A prospective cohort study. Chiropr Osteopat. 2010;18.

Pollard H, Hoskins W, McHardy A, Bonello R, Garbutt P, Swain M, Dragasevic G, Pribicevic M, Vitiello A. Australian chiropractic sports medicine: half way there or living on a prayer? Chiropr Osteopat. 2007 Sep 19;15:14.

Swain M, Pollard H, Bonello R. Chiropractic management of cluster-tic syndrome: A case report. Chiropr J Aust 2007; 37:117-122.

Conference Abstracts
Risk factors for non-catastrophic neck injury in men’s amateur Rugby Union: a prospective cohort study. Wednesday October 17 at the 12th International Forum on Back Pain Research in Primary Care. Odense, Denmark, 2012.

The epidemiology of neck injuries in non-elite rugby union: a prospective cohort study. Swain MS, Pollard H, Bonello R. COCA’s 8th Biennial National Conference. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia – 21st November 2009.

Sports chiropractic post-surgical rehabilitation following type III acromioclavicular joint separation in an amateur rugby union player: a case report. Swain M, Pollard H. 2008 Beyond Musculoskeletal Medicine, COCA National Conference. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – 25 October, 2008

Professional Writings
Swain MS, Lystad RP. A strategy to meet the calls for more chiropractic research. The Australian Chiropractor. 2009; October

Updated 23 Nov 2012



Mr Michael Swain