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John W. Orchard, MD, PhD Biography

Sports physician and sports injury researcher
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“WADA’s aim should be to stamp out cheating in sport. This is quite difficult to do, as the cheats are usually very clever. WADA instead is trying to maximise scalps of athletes who ‘test positive for drugs’, without apparent concern for whether they are actually cheating.

Instead of concentrating only on the genuinely performance-enhancing (and usually difficult-to-detect) drugs, the WADA banned list is ever-expanding. It now includes commonly used medications which are much easier to detect and ‘might conceivably’ be used for performance-enhancing in rare circumstances. Whether these rare circumstances exist when an athlete tests positive [doesn’t] seem [to] faze WADA, as there is a presumption of guilt rather than innocence.”

“WADA is on The Verge of Losing the Plot,”, Aug. 1, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Sports physician and sports injury researcher
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  • Editorial Board Member, American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2004-present
  • Editorial Board Member, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2001-present
  • Board member, New South Wales Sporting Injuries Committee, 2000-present
  • Editorial Board Member, International Sportsmen Journal, 2000-present
  • Team Doctor, Sydney Roosters Rugby League Club, 1998-present
  • Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Sports Medicine, University of New South Wales, 1997-present
  • Injury Survey Coordinator, Australian Football League, 1992-present
  • Former Consultant Medical Officer, Australian Cricket Team – Indian tour, 2007
  • Former Team Doctor, New South Wales State of Origin, 2000-2006
  • Former Assistant Editor, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2002-2004
  • Former Representative, Country Rugby League, 1998-2000
  • Former Club Doctor, Sydney Swans Football Club, 1994-1997
  • Former Team Doctor, Hawthorn Football Club, 1990-1991
  • MD, University of Melbourne, 2006
  • PhD, University of New South Wales, 2000
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery), University of Melbourne, 1989
  • BA, University of Melbourne, 1989
  • Fellow, Australian College of Sports Physicians
  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Fellow, Australian Sports Medicine Federation
  • Fellow, Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (UK)