Dr Brandi Cole

Dr Brandi Cole

Dr Brandi Cole is a Specialist Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician having gained fellowship of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians in 2019. Brandi completed her Medical Degree at the University of Sydney in 2008, having also obtained an undergraduate Degree in Physiotherapy from Sydney University in 2003. During her specialist training in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Brandi also completed a PhD on optimising the management of rotator cuff dysfunction through the University of New South Wales in 2018.

Athlete

Brandi has personal experience as an elite athlete, being the former captain of the Australian Women’s Oztag team, of which she was a member from 2001 – 2017. She has also played both touch and hockey for NSW in the past and was an Australian and World gold medalist in beach sprint relay in Surf Life Saving. On retirement from competitive sport after the birth of her second child, Brandi continued her love of physical activity at her local CrossFit box, where she can be found every morning before work.

Team Doctor

Brandi is the current team doctor for the Junior Matilda’s Football (Soccer) team and the Sydney FC W League Football (Soccer) team. She is the touring team doctor with Australian Oztag and has provided medical coverage at major Australian CrossFit Championships since 2012. She has previously worked with numerous rugby union teams, both male and female in 15’s and sevens and has provided medical services at many high level sporting events in the past including Athletics at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Netball World Cup.

Special Interests

Brandi is a mother of two children and has a special interest in exercise for health during pregnancy and the post partum period for both recreational and elite athletes. She is passionate about managing conditions related to the female athlete, the young athlete and acute and chronic football injuries.

Brandi currently assists in shoulder surgery on a weekly basis and combined with her PhD in the management of rotator cuff dysfunction, she has a wealth of knowledge in the management of shoulder pain, however she is equally skilled in treating pain and dysfunction in all joints of the body.

Sport and Exercise Medicine

Brandi consults on all musculoskeletal injuries, acute and chronic, in all ages and levels of sporting participation. She also manages medical conditions related to or produced by participation in physical activity such as exercise induced bronchoconstriction, vocal cord dysfunction, relative energy deficiency syndrome, fatigue, overtraining and burnout. Brandi has interest and experience in managing all aspects of performance during international travel including jetlag management, fatigue, sleep, nutrition, and immunisations.

A doctor’s referral is required to see Dr Cole and it is important to bring along any prior imaging or investigations to the appointment. A brief letter from anyone else involved in your care such as a physiotherapist can also be very useful and she will aim to liaise with them regarding management as required.

Publications

Cole BF, Kuah DK. CrossFit Risk vs reward in the ‘sport of fitness’. Medicine Today 2020; 21(1): 56-58

Cole BF, Lam P, Hackett L, Murrell GAC. Ultrasound-guided injections for supraspinatus tendinopathy: corticosteroid versus glucose prolotherapy – a randomized controlled clinical trial. Shoulder & Elbow 2018;10(3):170-178

Kuah DK, Cole BF. Physical activity: The cheapest polypill on the market. Medicine Today 2017; 18(12): 49-51

Cole BF, Twibill K, Lam P, Hackett L, Murrell GAC. Not all Ultrasounds are Created Equal: General Sonography v Musculoskeletal Sonography in the Detection of Rotator Cuff Tears. Shoulder & Elbow 2016; 8(4):250-257

Cole BF, Peters KS, Hackett L, Murrell GAC. Ultrasound Guided versus Blind Subacromial Corticosteroid Injections for Subacromial Impingement Syndrome: A Randomized, Double-Blind Clinical Trial. American Journal of Sports Medicine 2016; 30:44(3):702-707