Dr Maria Constantinou - Nat Sch Physiotherapy (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

Dr Maria Constantinou (PhD, MPhSt(Sports), BPhty, GradCertEd) is an Academic and an Australian registered physiotherapist with extensive clinical, teaching and research experience. Maria is an Australian Physiotherapy Association Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist, a Member of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (MACP), a Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation (FASMF) and a Registered International Sports Physical Therapist. Maria is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Australian Catholic University, having previously worked at Griffith University (2006 - 2016) and The University of Queensland (2000 - 2005). Maria has served on several professional committees, including as the Executive Secretary of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (2011 - 2019), a committee member of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy Australia (2008 ??? current) and an Executive Board member of Sports Medicine Australia (Qld branch) (2001 - 2006). Maria was the Polyclinic and Team Physiotherapy Programs Coordinator for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and has extensive clinical experience, having also worked at many major games including Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Papua New Guinea 2015 Pacific Games and Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games. Maria's clinical, teaching and research interests include the healthy participation in sports and exercise, the prevention and management of sports injuries, sports injury surveillance, sports and therapeutic taping, reflective practice in health education and gait and function in hip osteoarthritis, which was the focus of her PhD studies. Maria's interest in the international advancement of sports medicine and physiotherapy has seen her present in over 25 countries, across five continents, at national and international conferences, workshops, and professional development events. Maria's publications include the book Therapeutic Taping for Musculoskeletal Conditions (Elsevier) which has been translated into several languages.


Phone :7590 (Brisbane)
Email :Maria.Constantinou@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Hip Osteoarthritis ; Gait biomechanics ; Sports Injuries: Prevention and Management ; Sports and therapeutic taping ; Reflective Practice ; Sports Injury surveillance ; Masters Athletes ;

Methods Expertise

Prospective studies ; Systematic Reviews ; Observational cohort studies ; Scholarship of learning ; Survey based studies ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Association between hip muscle cross-sectional area and hip pain and function in individuals with mild-to-moderate hip osteoarthritis: A cross-sectional study, in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

Individuals with mild-to-moderate hip osteoarthritis walk with lower hip joint contact forces despite higher levels of muscle co-contraction compared to healthy individuals, in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage


A 12-month prospective exploratory study of muscle and fat characteristics in individuals with mild-to-moderate hip osteoarthritis, in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

Individuals with mild-to-moderate hip osteoarthritis exhibit altered pelvis and hip kinematics during sit-to-stand, in Gait and Posture


Individuals with mild-to-moderate hip osteoarthritis have lower limb muscle strength and volume deficits, in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders


Hip joint mechanics during walking in individuals with mild-to-moderate hip osteoarthritis, in Gait and Posture


Hip joint contact loads in older adults during recovery from forward loss of balance by stepping, in Journal of Biomechanics


Spatial-temporal gait characteristics in individuals with hip osteoarthritis: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis, in Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy


Physiotherapy students find guided journals useful to develop reflective thinking and practice during their first clinical placement: a qualitative study, in Physiotherapy


Therapeutic Taping for Musculoskeletal Conditions, in Elsevier

Other information

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0826-0950