Dulan Kodikara is the latest PhD scholar to join the Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport, and its Prevention (ACRISP). Coming from a background of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, he has worked with many different sports organisations such as the Sri Lankan Paralympic team and the Australian Intellectually Disabled Cricket Team. He has also had a fellowship with the Dutch Soccer Medical Team (KNVB) and the Netherlands Olympic Medical Team in 2010.
Dulan has a lifelong love of cricket. In 2010 he suffered an almost career ending catastrophic injury to his eye whilst batting, and it was this incident which inspired him to begin his research project looking into catastrophic injuries in cricket.
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar once said “Enjoy the game and chase your dreams. Dreams do come true!”
“It is indeed a dream come true. I have been dreaming of being able to collaborate with the best of the best in the field of sports medicine and sports injury research. I am excited for this opportunity to contribute to injury prevention and risk minimization and help make cricket, and all other sports, safer.”
Dulan's PhD studies are supervised by Dr Lauren Fortington, Prof Caroline Finch, Prof Peter Brukner and Dr Alex Kountouris.