Brian Corrigan is a leader in two sporting fields, one in sports medicine itself and the other in dealing with drugs in sport. Except for 1976, Corrigan has been involved with the Australian Olympic team as Medical Officer for every Olympiad from 1968 to 1988. In 1976 he was the Medical Officer for the Papua New Guinea Olympic team.
Corrigan was one of the medical officers to be nominated by the Australian Sports Medicine Federation as one of the first officials appointed to the 1968 Olympic team. Apart from devising a program of acclimatisation to the altitude with very light training work for the first week, they made early arrangements for the team to take its own water supplies and they designed and later enforced a pattern of strict dietary control. Corrigan was at Ron Clarke’s side after the 10,000m race, somehow bypassing security to be at with Clarke as he collapsed over the finish line.
He was Australian soccer’s doctor for 30 years and has been honoured with induction into the Soccer Hall of Fame. He was the Medical Officer for Richie Benaud’s touring team in England 1961, and was the Medical Officer for World Series Cricket from 1977 to 1979. He was also Medical Officer to the Manly rugby league team from 1963 to 1968.
Corrigan was Chairman of the Drugs in Sport Committee (Australian Sports Commission) from 1985 to 1989 and Chairman of the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA) from 1989 to 1991.
Corrigan was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to sports medicine.