Michael Swain

BChiroSc, MChiroprac, MPhil

Lecturer, Department of Chiropractic, 
Macquarie University, Australia


Research interests and skills

I have research interests in adolescent musculoskeletal disorders, sports injuries, and chiropractic professional issues. I am currently completing a PhD at the University of Sydney, in adolescent musculoskeletal pain. I have research experience in observational studies, systematic reviews and analytical techniques used to assess risk and causation.



Ongoing research

  • Trajectories of spinal pain in adolescents

  • Sedentary behaviour and spinal pain in adolescents

  • Psychological symptoms, social deprivation, and pain in Australian adolescents


Research publications

  • Swain M, Kamper SJ, Maher CG, Broderick C, McKay D, Henschke N.

    Relationship between growth, maturation and musculoskeletal conditions in adolescents: a systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2018. In press

  • Burgess A, Swain M, Lystad R. An Australian survey on health and injuries in adult competitive surfing. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 2018. Accepted

  • Swain MS, Kamper SJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Broderick C, McKay D, Henschke N. Short-term Clinical Course of Knee Pain in Children and Adolescents: A Feasibility Study Using Electronic Methods of Data Collection. Physiotherapy research international 2017;22(4)  [Download here]

  • Swain MS, Henschke N, Kamper SJ, Gobina I, Ottova-Jordan V, Maher CG. Pain and Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity in Adolescence: An International Population-Based Survey. Pain medicine 2016;17(5):813-19 [Download here]

  • de Silva V, Swain M, Broderick C, McKay D. Does high level youth sports participation increase the risk of femoroacetabular impingement? A review of the current literature. Pediatric Rheumatology 2016;14(1):1-7 [Download here]

  • Swain MS, Henschke N, Kamper SJ, Gobina I, Ottova-Jordan V, Maher CG. An international survey of pain in adolescents. BMC Public Health 2014;14(1):447 [Download here]

  • Swain MS, Lystad RP, Pollard H, Bonello R. Incidence and severity of neck injury in Rugby Union: a systematic review. J Sci Med Sport 2011;14(5):383-9 [Download here]