Dr Parkinson has a particular interest in sports injury surgery with a neurosurgical focus. He specialises in the treatment of spinal injuries and surgical conditions sustained during sport, and their treatment and rehabilitation. He has had the privilege of looking after many athletes and semi professional sports people. Rugby is a particular interest.
Sports Injury Surgery Experience
Dr Parkinson is currently running a study in mild concussion in NRL players, a topic of much current interest.
He has worked with Professor H.Hunt Batjer at Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr Batjer is appointed to the prestigious NFL Head Injury Committee, to study the immediate and late effects of head injuries in American NFL players. These findings have relevance to Australian contact sports, including rugby, soccer, and AFL football. He has consulted to the NRL on the implementation of head injury and concussion evaluation. Further research in Australia is ongoing.
Dr Parkinson recently spent time working with Dr Rick Fessler in the US. A major focus of Dr Fessler’s work and teaching is sports injuries. He sees many sports stars who come to him for opinions and surgical care.