Children’s Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine

CHISM provides a comprehensive specialist approach to children’s exercise and paediatric sports medicine through research, clinical care, policy development and advocacy.

We conduct injury research and also physical activity in children with chronic conditions including morbid obesity, haemophilia, hypermobility and spina bifida. We research prospective interventions, conduct surveillance, and collaborate with medical, industry, government, community and hospital-based services.

Our research is conducted in collaboration with other departments at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, including Rheumatology, Haematology and Endocrinology, as well as with other institutions in Australia.

General enquiries can be directed to

The research team

> CHISM Research Team Members

  • Dr Carolyn Broderick, Staff Specialist
  • Prof Gary Browne, Staff Specialist
  • Dr Damien McKay, Honorary Staff Specialist
  • Nancy van Doorn, Exercise Physiologist
  • Tina Cheng, Exercise Physiologist
  • Chloe Priest, Physiotherapist
  • Annette Hill, Administration Coordinator, email:

Key publications

Hulsegge G, Henschke N, McKay D, Chaitow J, West K, Broderick C, Singh-Grewal D (2015) Fundamental movement skills, physical fitness and physical activity among Australian children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. J Paediatr Child Health 51(4):425-32

Michaleff ZA, Kamper SJ, Maher CG, Evans R, Broderick C, Henschke N (2014) Low back pain in children and adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis evaluating the effectiveness of conservative interventions. Eur Spine J 23(10):2046-58

Henschke N, Harrison C, McKay D, Broderick C, Latimer J, Britt H, Maher CG (2014) Musculoskeletal conditions in children and adolescents managed in Australian primary care. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 15:164

Broderick C (2013) Children, sport and the Olympics: Observations from the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London. J Paediatr Child Health 49(9):701-3

Garnett SP, Gow M, Ho M, Baur LA, Noakes M, Woodhead HJ, Broderick CR, Burrell S, Chisholm K, Halim J, De S, Steinbeck K, Srinivasan S, Ambler GR, Kohn MR, Cowell CT (2013) Optimal macronutrient content of the diet for adolescents with
prediabetes; RESIST a randomised control trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 98(5):2116-25

McKay D, Ostring G, Broderick C, Chaitow J, Singh-Grewal D (2013) A feasibility study of the effect of intra-articular corticosteroid injection on isokinetic muscle strength in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Pediatr Exerc Sci 25(2):221-37

Broderick C (2013) Evaluation and management of bleeding risks with athletic activities in children with hemophilia. Clinical Advances in Hematology and Oncology 11(1):46-47

Broderick CR, Herbert RD, Latimer J, Barnes C, Curtin JA, Mathieu E, Monagle P, Brown SA (2012) Association between physical activity and risk of bleeding in children with hemophilia. JAMA 308(14):1452-9

Engebretsen L, Steffen K, Bahr R, Broderick C, Dvorak J, Janarv PM, Johnson A, Leglise M, Mamisch TC, McKay D, Micheli L, Schamasch P, Singh GD, Stafford DE, Steen H (2010) The International Olympic Committee Consensus statement on age
determination in high-level young athletes. Br J Sports Med 44(7):476-84

Broderick C, McKay D (2009) Reducing the risk of injury in young footballers. BMJ 338:b1050