Rod Pope is currently a Professor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University and co-leads the Tactical Research Unit headquartered at Bond University in Australia. Pope provided clinical physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and injury prevention services at the Australian Army Recruit Training Centre before establishing and leading the Australian Defence Injury Prevention Program, at the request of the Defence Health Service Branch. In this role, he worked closely with senior military physical training instructors to optimize physical training practices. As part of this work and more recently in his university roles, Pope has conducted and supervised wide ranging research and consultancy projects on preventing injuries and enhancing performance during physical activity in tactical training and operational contexts. Very much a practitioner researcher, Pope’s research invariably stems from questions about practice in the field and aims to usefully inform this practice.
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