Craig J Hubbard B.App.Sc.. Dip. Stat. CP
Craig has spent over 25 years working with Elite Australian athletes and medical teams supplying innovative custom and off the shelf bracing solutions. Craig founded and directed the Australian export bracing and licensing Company Wildtman Australia Pty Ltd from 1992 - 2006 which exported heat forming thumb wrist and hand systems to Japan, the US and manufactured under License in the US.
Craig holds several Patents in the US and Australia, including the first heat moulding thumb & wrist braces ever produced, now the industry standard globally. Craig has a history of innovation and disruption in the medical field and has developed ongoing relationships with elite medical staff, ankle surgeons, researchers and athletes around the globe.
Craig was a professional Basketball player in the Australian NBL and holds a Bachelors degree in Applied Science (Rehabilitation and Biomechanics) with advanced standing from initial Bachelors degree studies in Industrial Engineering at UNSW. Craig also holds a Statutory Diploma in Child Protection and spent 9 years in the front line of child protection services in the NSW Government whilst raising his two boys, now 21 and 18, as a single father.
Craig established KiSS Ankle Co in 2017, working to build equipment, develop product, secure grants and funding, recruit and train the Australian production and global marketing team to take the KiSS system to the world. Craig also initiated and will lead the Company's interaction with Industry Development Partner Sydney University and other research institutions around the globe.
Craig is a confident public speaker and singer/writer, respected 'thought leader' in the Ankle research and bracing design sectors and has spent over 25 years 'studying' the ankle 'injury industry'.
Craig has remained focused on solving the 'pandemic' that is ankle sprains and their costs and harm, particularly to children. It is through Craig diligent work, relationship building and innovation skills as an Entrepreneur and Industrial designer that KiSS products are now recognized as the most advanced ankle system on the planet, from local sports, to the NBA and European Soccer, since official release in June 2018
The University of Sydney Team
Dr Claire Hiller
Prof Evangelos Pappas
Dr Paula Beckenkamp
Dr Yoong Lim
Mr Tomas Megalaa
Ms Wen-yin Tseng
Dr Claire Hiller is a senior research fellow in Musculoskeletal Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney where she manages the research theme and laboratory. Dr Hiller received her PhD in ‘Ankle sprain and instability’ from the University in 2008. Since then she has been engaged in ongoing research in ankle sprain and chronic ankle instability across the lifespan, as well work in other lower limb musculoskeletal conditions, and dancer health. The studies range from systematic reviews, through laboratory based biomechanical and functional testing, to clinical diagnosis, acute treatment and rehabilitation. Dr Hiller has published over 65 peer review papers (h-index =21) and 4 book chapters, of which 48 are focussed on ankle sprain, and presented her work at over 30 International and National conferences. She is a founding steering committee member of the International Ankle Consortium which has published 4 consensus statements on ankle sprain, and runs the biennial International Ankle Symposium.
Professor Evangelos Pappas is the Head of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. He has a PhD in Orthopaedic Biomechanics from New York University in the USA and is active in musculoskeletal research that has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and intramural grants. He has presented his work in more than 50 national and international conferences and he has over 90 peer-reviewed publications that appear in top journals in the fields of physiotherapy, sports medicine and biomechanics. One of his publications received the T. David Sisk award for best review paper from Sports Health; a leading multidisciplinary journal in sports medicine.
Professor Evangelos Pappas’ research interests are in the areas of sports medicine, biomechanics and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Specifically, his interests are in the areas of etiology of lower extremity sports injuries, effectiveness of injury prevention programs, motor control re-training for the prevention and treatment of knee pathologies, epidemiology of ACL injuries, rehabilitation of lower extremity injuries, and dance medicine
Dr Paula Beckenkamp is a Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney. Dr Beckenkamp completed her PhD at The George Institute for Global Health and Sydney Medical School in 2016, with a Thesis titled Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis of ankle fractures. Dr Beckenkamp main research interests includes rehabilitation for people with ankle injuries (fractures, sprains and Achilles tendon ruptures), prognosis of musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb (total knee arthroplasty, ankle fracture, ankle sprain and Achilles tendon rupture) and physical activity participation in people with different conditions.
Dr Yoong Ping Lim is a biomechanical engineer at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney. He was awarded his PhD in computational and experimental biomechanics from the University of Melbourne in 2016 and then completed short postdoctoral trainings at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and RMIT University, Melbourne. He is proficient in experimental and computational biomechanics and experienced in collecting human motion data. His primary interest is on using biomechanical data with realistic computer modelling technique to provide clinically meaningful insights.
Mr Tomas Megalaa is a Sydney podiatrist who has enrolled in a PhD under the Sydney University Team’s supervision, to investigate ankle bracing, specifically the KISS brace.
Ms Wen-yin Tseng is a final year physiotherapy honours student who is investigating the effect of the KISS ankle brace on performance