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Mrs Shreya McLeod Name: Mrs Shreya McLeod
Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Allied Health (QLD)
Saint John Paul II Building(Bldg.212 - 1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo QLD 4014)-Level 1-Room1.28
Biographical Information

Shreya McLeod is a Lecturer and Interim Course Coordinator of the Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy at ACU. She is a Titled Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and commenced her academic career as a Lecturer at ACU in 2014, after working internationally in the sporting arena for over a decade.

Her early career was spent working in Australia, the United Kingdom and in Canada on the field treating elite and recreational athletes from varying disciplines. In Canada, the Womens Tennis Association contracted her to work as a Primary Health Care Provider for top female players travelling on the international tennis circuit.  Her responsibilities included the evaluation, treatment and recording of injuries during an event and making appropriate recommendations to the Tournament Physician and Referees.

Shreya was then employed by the Williams sisters to be their Personal Physiotherapist in 2008, in which year they won the Singles and Doubles Titles at the All England Championships, Wimbledon.

From 2009-11, as a Private Practitioner and part-owner, she worked closely with renowned Orthopaedic Surgeons and Sports Physicians to better understand the mechanics of tissue breakdown, injury prevention and rehabilitation. At this time, she was also introduced to the exciting world of show business as a Physiotherapist to the cast and crew of Wicked, the Broadway musical.

She moved to Singapore in 2011, where as part of a multi-disciplinary Sports Medicine team, managed over 1000 national athletes.  Specifically, she was the Team Singapore Lead Physiotherapist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the FINA World Championships in Spain (2013), Special Winter Olympics in Korea (2013) and ISAF Youth World Championships in Cyprus (2013).

She returned to Australia in 2014, with a passion to pass on her knowledge and clinical skills to undergraduate students and to bridge the gap between knowledge and clinical practice.  She recently volunteered as a Sports Physiotherapist at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (2018). 

She has contracted as a Sports Physiotherapist with Cricket NSW's pathway (Under 18s) and senior female (Breakers) squads.  She was the Physiotherapist for the Cricket Australia Women's XI match against Sri lanka (2019).


  • PhD Candidate (Faculty of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle) 2019 - ongoing

  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (ACU, National) 2014-2016

  • Master of Health Sciences (Sports Physiotherapy), (The University of Sydney) 2005

  • Master of Health Sciences (Manipulative Physiotherapy), (The University of Sydney) 2004

  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Physiotherapy) (Honours), (The University of Sydney) 1998-2001

McLeod, S., Terry, D., Gardner, A.J. and Iverson, G.L. (2024): Interpreting change on the Sport
Concussion Assessment Tool-5th Edition (SCAT5) in National Women's Rugby League Players. (Under review)
McLeod, S., West, S.W., Dane,K., Tadmor,D.I., Jones, B. Lee,J, Iverson, G.L. & Gardner, A.J. (2024) Win
at all Costs: Disclosure of Possible Concussions in National Rugby League Women Premiership Players. JSAMS (Under review)

McLeod, S., Tucker, R., Edwards, S., Jones, B., West,S.W., Spiegelhalter, M., Page, G., Iverson, G.L. & Gardner, AJ.2023. A Case-Control Study of Tackle Based Head Impact Event (HIE) Risk Factors from the first three-seasons of the National Rugby League Women&rsquos Competition. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. doi:10.3389/fspor.2023.1080356

Spiegelhalter, M., Scantlebury, S., Heyward, O., Hendricks, S., Cummins, C., Gardner, A.J., Halkier, M., McLeod, S.,Phillips, G., Owen, C. and Jones, B., 2023. The propensity of non-concussive and concussive head contacts during elite-level women's rugby league matches: A prospective analysis of over 14,000 tackle events. Journal of science and medicine in sport, 26(3), pp.195-201.

Reid, S. A., Farbenblum, J., & McLeod, S. Do physical interventions improve outcomes following concussion: a systematic review and meta-analysis? British journal of sports medicine. Sep 2021


Shreya is completing her PhD with Associate Professor Andrew Gardner, USyd in the rapidly changing area of sport related concussion.  She is looking at the identification of sport related concussion in Women's contact sports.



Female contact/ collision sports

Injury risk reduction

Concussion rehabilitation


·McLeod, S. Concussion in Women&rsquos Sport- FIFA World Cup| ABC Radio Newcastle Interview with Paul Turton| July 24th , 2023

·McLeod, S. & Peek, K. Do women soccer players have more concussions? This world cup and beyond, here&rsquos how to keep our players safe | The Conversation| July 2023

·Whaley, P. Female rugby league players more susceptible to concussion than men, concussion study finds. Rugby league effects of concussion on NRL and NRLW players differs | CODE Sports

·McLeod, S. & Donnelly, J. Sports concussions affect men and women differently. Female athletes need more attention in brain reseAssessment Review Committeeh| The Conversation| May 2021 Sports concussions affect men and women differently. Female athletes need more attention in brain reseAssessment Review Committeeh (

·McLeod, S. & Konstantopoulos, M. The Concussion Conversation: addressing medical inequality | Siren Sport| Sep 2021 The Concussion Conversation: addressing medical inequality | Siren (

·McLeod, S. Concussion in women&rsquos sport| Rise in Women&rsquos Sport Edition| Sport & Exercise Physiotherapy Australia| Dec 2021

·O&rsquoHalloran, K. AFLW's Kirsten McLeod wants to raise awareness about the ongoing symptoms of concussion| ABC Sport| Feb 2022

·McLeod, S. Sport related Concussion: Focus on female athletes| Sport Health| Volume 39 (2) | Feb 2022

·Currill, M. Ballarat's female athletes to get free headgear in soccer's concussion push| The Courier| Apr 2022

·McLeod, S. Concussion in Women&rsquos Sport| 4BC Radio Interview with Sofie Formica: Afternoons with Sofie Formica| Mar 31st, 2022


Professional Memberships
APA SPEX Concussion Sub-committee



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