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Dr Clare Ardern PT, PhD
@clare_ardern @JOSPT

Linköping University, Sweden
Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT)

Dr. Clare Ardern is a physiotherapist and clinical researcher addressing questions around return to play after injury. She has worked in Australia, Qatar and Sweden and currently works as a clinical researcher in the Division of Physiotherapy at Linköping University, Sweden. She has an interest in how return to play can be improved with specific clinical interventions and superior clinical decision-making. Clare is part of an international team that is developing a smartphone app to help athletes return to play after injury. Clare is Editor-in-Chief elect of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT).

Learn More about her work:

Ardern CL, Ekås G, Grindem H, et al. 2018 International Olympic Committee consensus statement on prevention, diagnosis and management of paediatric anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Br J Sports Med 2018;doi:10.1136/bjsports-2018-099060 (article co-published by Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy, Journal of ISAKOS and Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine).

Ardern CL, Glasgow P, Schneiders A, Witvrouw E, Clarsen B, Cools A, et al. 2016 Consensus statement on return to sport from the First World Congress in Sports Physical Therapy, Bern. Br J Sports Med 2016;50:853-864.

Ardern CL, Taylor NF, Feller JA, Webster KE. Fifty-five per cent return to competitive sport following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis including aspects of physical functioning and contextual factors. Br J Sports Med 2014;48:1543-1552.

Roald Bahr MD PhD

Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norway

Roald Bahr MD PhD is Professor of Sports Medicine in the Department of Sports Medicine at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and the Chair of the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center. He is also the Chief Medical Officer for Olympiatoppen and Chair of the Medical Department at the National Olympic Training Center, and also heads the Aspetar Sports Injury & Illness Prevention Programme.

His main research area is sports injury prevention, and he has published more than 200 original research articles, review papers and book chapters, in addition to several books, with a citation index (H-index) of >50. He is the main editor of the widely acclaimed textbook “IOC Manual of Sports Injuries”, which is published in seven languages, as well as the “IOC Handbook of Sports Injury Prevention”.

Learn more about his work:

Bakken, Arnhild; Targett, Steven; Bere, Tone; Eirale, Christiano; Farooq, A; Mosler, Andrea; Tol, Johannes; Whiteley, Rod; Khan, Karim; Bahr, Roald. Muscle strength is a poor screening test for predicting lower extremity injuries in professional male soccer players – a 2-year prospective cohort study. American Journal of Sports Medicine 2018:46(6):1481-1491.

van Dyk, Nicol; Bahr, Roald; Whiteley, Rod; Tol, Johannes; Kumar, Bhavesh; Hamilton, Bruce; Farooq, Abdulaziz; Witvrouw, Erik. Hamstring and quadriceps isokinetic strength deficits are weak risk factors for hamstring strain injuries: a 4-year cohort study. American Journal of Sports Medicine 2016:44(7):1789-1795.

Mosler, Andrea; Weir, Adam; Serner, Andreas; Agricola, R; Eirale, Christiano; Farooq, A; Bakken, Arnhild; Thorborg, Kristian; Whiteley, Rod; Hölmich, Per; Bahr, Roald; Crossley, Kay. Musculoskeletal screening tests and bony hip morphology cannot identify male professional soccer players at risk of groin injuries: a 2-year prospective cohort study. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2018:46(6):1294-1305.

Steffen, Kathrin; Nilstad, Agnethe; Krosshaug, Tron; Pasanen, Kati; Killingmo, Aleksander; Bahr, Roald. No association between static and dynamic postural control and ACL injury risk among female elite handball and football players: a prospective study of 838 players. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2017:51(4):253-259.

Krosshaug, Tron; Steffen, Kathrin; Kristianslund, Eirik Klami; Nilstad, Agnethe; Mok, Kam-Ming; Myklebust, Grethe; Andersen, Thor Einar; Holme, Ingar; Engebretsen, Lars; Bahr, Roald. The Vertical Drop Jump Is a Poor Screening Test for ACL Injuries in Female Elite Soccer and Handball Players: A Prospective Cohort Study of 710 Athletes. American Journal of Sports Medicine 2016:44(4):874-883

Dr. Christian Barton

La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre

Dr Barton works in research and private practice treating sports and musculoskeletal patients in Melbourne. He currently holds a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow focused on knowledge translation, and is the Communications Manager at La Trobe’s Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, and has a Master’s degree in Communications and Journalism Innovation. Dr Barton is an Associate Editor and Deputy Social Media Editor at the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Dr Barton’s research interests focus on knee, running injuries and knowledge translation including the use of innovative digital technologies. He is regularly an invited speaker both nationally and internationally, presenting on these topics. Additionally, he runs popular courses on knee pain and running injury management in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and Scandinavia.

Learn More about his work:

Barton, C.J., Merolli, M.A. It is time to replace publish or perish with get visible or vanish: opportunities where digital and social media can reshape knowledge translation (2018). British Journal of Sports Medicine. Holden, S., Barton, C.J. ‘What should I prescribe?’: Time to improve reporting of resistance training programmes to ensure accurate translation and implementation (2018). British Journal of Sports Medicine Skou, S.T., Pedersen, B.K., Haxby Abbott, J., Patterson, B., Barton, C.J. Physical Activity and Exercise Therapy Benefits More Than Just Symptoms and Impairments in People With Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis (2018). Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Lack, S., Neal, B., De Oliveira Silva, D., Barton, C.J. How to manage patellofemoral pain–Understanding the multifactorial nature and treatment options (2018). Physical Therapy in Sport, 32, pp. 155-166. Barton, C.J., Lack, S., Hemmings, S., Tufail, S., Morrissey, D. The ‘Best Practice Guide to Conservative Management of Patellofemoral Pain’: Incorporating level 1 evidence with expert clinical reasoning (2015)

Dr. Keith Baar PhD

Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology, University of California Davis School of Medicine

Learn More about his work:

West DW, Baehr LM, Marcotte GR, Chason CM, Tolento L, Gomes AV, Bodine SC, Baar K. Acute resistance exercise activates rapamycin-sensitive and -insensitive mechanisms that control translational activity and capacity in skeletal muscle. J Physiol. 2016 Jan 15;594(2):453-68. Marcotte GR, West DW, Baar K. The molecular basis for load-induced skeletal muscle hypertrophy. Calcif Tissue Int. 2015 Mar;96(3):196-210. Hughes DC, Marcotte GR, Marshall AG, West DWD, Baehr LM, Wallace MA, Saleh PM, Bodine SC, Baar K. Age-related Differences in Dystrophin: Impact on Force Transfer Proteins, Membrane Integrity, and Neuromuscular Junction Stability. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 May 1;72(5):640-648.

Dr. Lara Boyd PT, PhD

Brain Behaviour Laboratory, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia

Learn More about her work:

Ferris JK, Neva JL, Francisco BA, Boyd LA. Bilateral Motor Cortex Plasticity in Individuals With Chronic Stroke, Induced by Paired Associative Stimulation. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2018 Aug;32(8):671-681. Schmidt J, Rubino C, Boyd LA, Virji-Babul N. The Role of Physical Activity in Recovery From Concussion in Youth: A Neuroscience Perspective. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2018 Jul;42(3):155-162. Sun Y, Ledwell NMH, Boyd LA, Zehr EP. Unilateral wrist extension training after stroke improves strength and neural plasticity in both arms. Exp Brain Res. 2018 Jul;236(7):2009-2021. Mang CS, Brown KE, Neva JL, Snow NJ, Campbell KL, Boyd LA. Promoting Motor Cortical Plasticity with Acute Aerobic Exercise: A Role for Cerebellar Circuits. Neural Plast. 2016;2016:6797928. Lakhani B, Borich MR, Jackson JN, Wadden KP, Peters S, Villamayor A, MacKay AL, Vavasour IM, Rauscher A, Boyd LA. Motor Skill Acquisition Promotes Human Brain Myelin Plasticity. Neural Plast. 2016;2016:7526135.

Dr. Johann Windt, PhD

Johann Windt is the Head of Data Science – Performance with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of the Major League Soccer (MLS). His research interests include how athlete training and wellness data should be analysed to best understand injury risk and performance. Cosupervised by Professors Karim Khan and Tim Gabbett, his doctoral work at the University of British Columbia specifically focused on athlete monitoring and injury aetiology.

Learn more about his work:

1. Windt J & Gabbett TJ. How Do Training and Competition Workloads Relate to Injury? The Workload—Injury Aetiology Model. Br J Sports Med 2017;51:428-435. 2. Windt, J & Gabbett TJ. Is It All for Naught? What Does Mathematical Coupling Mean for Acute:Chronic Workload Ratios? Br J Sports Med 2018 May 28. 3. Windt J, Ardern CL, Gabbett TJ, Khan KM, Cook CE, Sporer BC, Zumbo BD. Getting the Most out of Intensive Longitudinal Data: A Methodological Review of Workload–Injury Studies. BMJ Open 2018;8(10):e022626.

Dr. Maria Constantinou PT, PhD

Australian Catholic University

Dr Maria Constantinou is an APA Sport & Exercise Physiotherapist, International Sports Physical Therapist, Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and the Secretary on the Executive Board of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy. Maria is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Australian Catholic University and previously taught at Griffith University and The University of Queensland. She was the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Polyclinic and Team Physiotherapy Programs Coordinator. Maria has extensive clinical experience, having worked at several major games including the Olympic and the Commonwealth Games, the Vancouver Winter 2010 Olympic Games and the Port Moresby 2015 and the Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Games. She is interested in the international advancement of sports physiotherapy and has presented in over 20 countries.

Learn More about her work:

Constantinou M, Barrett R, Brown M, Mills P. Spatial-temporal gait characteristics in individuals with hip osteoarthritis: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014;44(4):291-B7. Constantinou M, Loureiro A, Carty C, Mills P, Barrett R. Hip joint mechanics during walking in individuals with mild-to-moderate hip osteoarthritis. Gait Posture. 2017; 53:162-7 Graham DF, Modenese L, Trewartha G, Carty CP, Constantinou M, Lloyd DG, et al. Hip joint contact loads in older adults during recovery from forward loss of balance by stepping. J Biomech. 2016;49(13):2619-24. Constantinou M, Brown M. Therapeutic taping for musculoskeletal conditions: Elsevier Australia; 2010. Constantinou M, Vicenzino B. Differential diagnosis of a soft tissue mass in the calf. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2005;35(2):88-94.

Dr. Ann Cools PT, PhD

Dept of Rehabilitation Sciences & Physiotherapy, Ghent University, Belgium

Ann Cools is a physiotherapist, working as an associate professor at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy at the Ghent University, Belgium, and as senior researcher at the Dept of Occupational and Physical Therapy and the Institute of Sports Medicine, Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her topic of research and teaching expertise, as well as her clinical work is shoulder rehabilitation in general, and sport specific approach and scapular involvement in particular. She has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed international journals, and gives several courses on a national and international level. She was head of the Physical Therapy Education at Ghent University 2008-2016, and founding member and president of the European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER) 2008-2012.

Learn More about her work:

COOLS AM, BORMS D, CASTELEIN B, VANDERSTUKKEN F, JOHANSSON F: Evidence-based rehabilitation of athletes with glenohumeral instability. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Feb;24(2):382-9. COOLS AM, JOHANSSON FR, BORMS D, MAENHOUT A. Prevention of shoulder injuries in overhead athletes: a science-based approach. Braz J Phys Ther. 2015 Oct;19(5):331-9. COOLS AM, BORMS D, COTTENS S, HIMPE M, MEERSDOM S, CAGNIE B. Rehabilitation Exercises for Athletes With Biceps Disorders and SLAP Lesions: A Continuum of Exercises With Increasing Loads on the Biceps. Am J Sports Med. 2014, 42(6):1315-1322. COOLS AM, STRUYF F, DE MEY K, MAENHOUT A, CASTELEIN B, CAGNIE B Rehabilitation of scapular dyskinesis: from the office worker to the elite overhead athlete. Br J Sports Med2014,48(8): 692-7.

Professor Kay Crossley PT, PhD

La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre

Kay Crossley’s research focuses on the prevention and management of knee and hip pain and early-onset osteoarthritis after sports-related injuries. Kay is a Physiotherapist, who worked in in a large multi-disciplinary sports medicine centre in Melbourne for more than 20 years. She contributed to sports medicine and physiotherapy texts, including every edition of “Brukner and Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine. Kay is now the Director of the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre in Melbourne Australia. She leads a large, innovative, active and talented group of researchers in this field. Kay’s work is funded from major competitive granting bodies (including NHMRC and ARC), published more than 200 peer-review papers and graduated 18 PhD/Mphil students. Kay contributes to the publication of knowledge through service as an Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Physiotherapy.

Learn More about her work:

Schache AG, Lin Y-C, Crossley KM, Pandy MG. Is running better than walking for reducing hip joint loads? Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. (Accepted May 2018) Patterson B, Culvenor AG,Christian J Barton; Ali Guermazi; Joshua J Stefanik ; Hayden G Morris; Timothy S Whitehead. Crossley KM. Worsening knee osteoarthritis features on magnetic resonance imaging one to five years following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. American Journal of Sports Medicine. (Accepted May 2018) Carey DL, Crossley KM, Whiteley R, Mosler A, Ong K-L, Crow J, Morris ME. Modelling training loads and injury: the dangers of discretization. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. (Accepted May 2018) Heerey JJ, Kemp JL, Mosler AB, Jones DM, Pizzari T, Souza RB, Crossley KM. (2018). What is the prevalence of imaging defined intra-articular hip pathologies in people with and without symptoms? A systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 52 (9): 581-593. Collins, N. J., Barton, C. J., Van Middelkoop, M., Callaghan, M. J., Rathleff, M. S., Vicenzino, B. T., . . . Crossley, K. M. (2018). 2018 Consensus statement on exercise therapy and physical interventions (orthoses, taping and manual therapy) to treat patellofemoral pain: Recommendations from the 5th International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat, Gold Coast, Australia, 2017. British Journal of Sports Medicine. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-099397

Dr. Sarah Haag PT, DPT, Women’s Health Certified Specialist

Entropy Physiotherapy and Wellness, LLC

Sarah graduated from Marquette University in 2002 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy. She has pursued an interest in pelvic health, and feels passionately that anyone treating people should be aware of pelvic issues. Sarah was awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy from the Section on Women’s Health. She went on to get her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Masters of Science in Women’s Health from Rosalind Franklin University in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded a Board Certification as a specialist in women’s health (WCS). Sarah now speaks internationally to ‘non-pelvic’ practitioners about not shying away from the pelvis, but rather understanding its importance in performance, as well as every day quality of life.

Dr. Alex Hutchinson Journalist, PhD

Outside Magazine

Alex Hutchinson is a journalist who writes about the science of endurance, fitness, and health. A former physicist and national-team distance runner, he writes the Sweat Science column for Outside and is the author of the New York Times bestseller ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. He lives in Toronto.

Dr. Greg Lehman PT, MSc, DC

Greg has been in clinical practice for more than 15 years as both a chiropractor and physiotherapist. Currently, he balances his patient caseload with both research and teaching commitments. During his previous faculty and research positions, Greg conducted biomechanical research into the mechanisms of manual therapy, muscle activation during rehabilitation exercises and sports medicine publishing more than 20 papers in peer reviewed journals. He has lectured at numerous global conferences on biomechanics, injury rehabilitation and the biopsychosocial model, giving several keynote talks and 80 workshops throughout the globe helping clinicians incorporate best evidence into clinical practice and develop skills to practice in a manner consistent with the biopsychosocial model of care.

Learn More about his work:

Lehman GJ. The Role and Value of Symptom-Modification Approaches in Musculoskeletal Practice. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Jun;48(6):430-435. Vigotsky AD, Halperin I, Lehman GJ, Trajano GS, Vieira TM Interpreting Signal Amplitudes in Surface Electromyography Studies in Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences. Front Physiol. 2018 Jan 4;8:985. Lehman GJ, Lennon D, Tresidder B, Rayfield B, Poschar M Muscle recruitment patterns during the prone leg extension. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2004 Feb 10;5:3.

Dr. Karen Litzy PT, DPT

Karen Litzy Physical Therapy, PLLC

Dr. Litzy is currently the owner of Karen Litzy Physical Therapy, PLLC, a concierge physical therapy practice in New York City. Karen is also proud to serve as part of the social media team for the non-for-profit PT Day of Service. She is an elected member of the Nominating Committee for the Private Practice Section of the APTA as well as an official spokesperson for the APTA. She is also the co-founder of the Women in PT Summit. Karen is the host of the weekly podcast Healthy Wealthy & Smart where she interviews influencers in the world of physical therapy, health, wellness and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Kerry MacDonald

University of British Columbia

Dr. MacDonald was recently appointed Director of Sport Science, Sport Medicine & Innovation at Volleyball Canada. He was also a recent Head Coach for the Men’s Volleyball team at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. MacDonald serves as a Sessional Instructor for the UBC Faculty of Kinesiology.

Learn More about his work:

MacDonald KJ, Palacios-Derflingher LM, Emery CA, Meeuwisse WH. The Effect of Injury Definition and Surveillance Methodology on Measures of Injury Occurrence and Burden in Elite Volleyball. Int J Sports Med. 2018 Aug 13. Windt J, Zumbo BD, Sporer B, MacDonald K, Gabbett TJ. Why do workload spikes cause injuries, and which athletes are at higher risk? Deciphering mediators and moderators in workload—injury investigations. Br J Sports Med. 2017 Jul;51(13):993-994. MacDonald K, Bahr R, Baltich J, Whittaker JL, Meeuwisse WH. Validation of an inertial measurement unit for the measurement of jump count and height. Phys Ther Sport. 2017 May;25:15-19.

Dr. Bob McCormack MD

Professor of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia

Dr. McCormack is a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia. He is also the Director of the Simon Fraser Orthopaedic Research Foundation and is a founding member of COTS and JOINTS (Canadian research groups to facilitate multicenter trials). Dr. McCormack’s clinical interests include knee and shoulder injuries. His research activities focus on articular cartilage injuries and knee ligament reconstruction. He is involved in the care of several sports teams and elite athletes at the varsity, national and professional levels. This includes serving as the Chief Medical Officer for the Canadian Olympic team, head physician for the BC Lions Football Club and two National teams. He is also the Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and varsity athletes at two local universities.

Learn More about his work:

Arthroscopy Association of Canada, Wong I, Hiemstra L, Ayeni OR, Getgood A, Beavis C, Volesky M, Outerbridge R, Sheehan B, McCormack R, Litchfield R, Whelan D, Mohtadi N, Coady C, MacDonald PB. Position Statement of the Arthroscopy Association of Canada (AAC) Concerning Arthroscopy of the Knee Joint-September 2017.Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 Feb 26;6(2):2325967118756597. MARS Group, Magnussen RA, Borchers JR, Pedroza AD, Huston LJ, et al. Risk Factors and Predictors of Significant Chondral Surface Change From Primary to Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A MOON and MARS Cohort Study. Am J Sports Med. 2018 Mar;46(3):557-564. McCormack R, Lamontagne M, Vannabouathong C, Deakon RT, Belzile EL. Comparison of the 3 Different Injection Techniques Used in a Randomized Controlled Study Evaluating a Cross-Linked Sodium Hyaluronate Combined With Triamcinolone Hexacetonide (Cingal) for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Subgroup Analysis. Clin Med Insights Arthritis Musculoskelet Disord. 2017 Aug 14;10:1179544117725026. MARS Group, Allen CR, Anderson AF, Cooper DE, DeBerardino TM, et al. Surgical Predictors of Clinical Outcomes After Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Sep;45(11):2586-2594. Getgood A, LaPrade RF, Verdonk P, Gersoff W, Cole B, Spalding T; IMREF Group. International Meniscus Reconstruction Experts Forum (IMREF) 2015 Consensus Statement on the Practice of Meniscal Allograft Transplantation. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Aug 25.

Dr. Luciana De Michelis Mendonca PT, PhD

Physical Therapy Department – Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri (UFVJM)

Dr. De Michelis Mendonça is a SONAFE associate since 2007 and took part on Organizing Committees of 3 SONAFE’s Conferences since then. She now has 6 years of dedication on SONAFE’s Executive Board. Dr. De Michelis Mendonça is the first female president of SONAFE, in a country with many restrictions to women participation in sport and politics. Since last year, she has also been part of IFSPT’s executive board. Dr. De Michelis Mendonça is a teacher in a Federal University in Brazil where she conducts research in Sports Physical Therapy. She participated in the last 3 editions of IOC World Conference on Injury and Illness in Sport with poster and workshops presentations. She also engaged on the organization of the Physical Therapy services of the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Games.

Learn More about her work:

Mendonça LD, Ocarino JM, Bittencourt NFN, Macedo LG, Fonseca ST. Association of Hip and Foot Factors With Patellar Tendinopathy (Jumper’s Knee) in Athletes. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Sep;48(9):676-684. Mendonça L de M, Ocarino JM, Bittencourt NF, Fernandes LM, Verhagen E, Fonseca ST. The Accuracy of the VISA-P Questionnaire, Single-Leg Decline Squat, and Tendon Pain History to Identify Patellar Tendon Abnormalities in Adult Athletes. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016 Aug;46(8):673-80. Mendonça LD, Macedo CSG, Antonelo MC, Alves MAF, Medeiros LT, Tadiello FF. Preparation and organization of Brazilian physical therapy for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Phys Ther Sport. 2017 May;25:62-64. Bittencourt NFN, Meeuwisse WH, Mendonça LD, Nettel-Aguirre A, Ocarino JM, Fonseca ST. Complex systems approach for sports injuries: moving from risk factor identification to injury pattern recognition-narrative review and new concept. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Nov;50(21):1309-1314. Mendonça LD, Verhagen E, Bittencourt NF, Gonçalves GG, Ocarino JM, Fonseca ST. Factors associated with the presence of patellar tendon abnormalities in male athletes. J Sci Med Sport. 2016 May;19(5):389-94.

Dr. Ebonie Rio PT, PhD

La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre

Ebonie is a National Medical Research Centre postdoctoral research fellow at La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre. She completed her Phd in neuroscience and tendon pain, Masters Sports Phys, Ba. Phys (hons) and Ba. App Sci. Her research has been awarded Victorian Fresh Scientist of the year 2015, ASICS SMA Best New Investigator 2004, 2013 & 2014 in Clinical Sports Medicine, best clinical science Pain Adelaide 2013, BJSM young investigator Best Clinical Paper 2014 and the Professor Mollie Holman medal for the best thesis of the faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University 2015 and the ECR best paper 2015. Her clinical career has included Australian Institute of Sport, The Australian Ballet Company, Melbourne Heart football club, Alphington Sports Medicine Centre, Victorian Institute of Sport, Commonwealth Games 2006, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics, 2012 London Paralympics, 18 months travelling with Disney’s The Lion King stage show (Melbourne and Shanghai tour) and she was awarded the Post-Graduate Scholarship at the AIS (2007).

Learn More about her work:

Rio EK, Ellis RF, Henry JM, Falconer VR, Kiss ZS, Girdwood MA, Cook JL, Gaida JE. Don’t Assume the Control Group Is Normal-People with Asymptomatic Tendon Pathology Have Higher Pressure Pain Thresholds. Pain Med. 2018 Jun 22. Rio E, Girdwood M, Thomas J, Garofalo C, Fortington LV, Docking S. Pain mapping of the anterior knee: injured athletes know best. Scand J Pain. 2018 Jul 26;18(3):409-416. Rio E, Purdam C, Girdwood M, Cook J. Isometric Exercise to Reduce Pain in Patellar Tendinopathy In-Season; Is It Effective “on the Road?”. Clin J Sport Med. 2017 Nov 16. Rio E, van Ark M, Docking S, Moseley GL, Kidgell D, Gaida JE, van den Akker-Scheek I, Zwerver J, Cook J. Isometric Contractions Are More Analgesic Than Isotonic Contractions for Patellar Tendon Pain: An In-Season Randomized Clinical Trial. Clin J Sport Med. 2017 May;27(3):253-259. Rio E, Kidgell D, Moseley GL, Gaida J, Docking S, Purdam C, Cook J. Tendon neuroplastic training: changing the way we think about tendon rehabilitation: a narrative review. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Feb;50(4):209-15.

Professor Ewa Roos PT, PhD

Professor, Research Leader, University of Southern Denmark

Professor Roos is the author of 211 peer-reviewed publications. She has published in high impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal and The Lancet. Her work has been cited in total 11770 times and her h-index is 55 (Web of Science, May 2018). She has been able to successfully translate her research into clinical practice. More than 30.000 patients across four continents have taken the Good Life with Osteoarthritis from Denmark (GLA:D) program to treat their osteoarthritis symptoms. In 2014, her contribution to public health was recognised when she won the OARSI (Osteoarthritis Research Society International) Clinical Research Award for her “outstanding work in exercise as prevention and treatment of joint pain, joint injury and osteoarthritis”. The same year she was awarded the Queen Ingrid of Denmark’s prize for outstanding arthritis research by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and the Danish Rheumatism Association (Gigtforeningen).

Learn More about her work:

Frobell R B, Roos EM, Roos HP, Ranstam J, Lohmander LS. A Randomized Trial of Treatment for Acute Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear. N Engl J Med. 2010 Jul 22;363(4):331-42. Kise NJ, Risberg MA, Stensrud S, Ranstam J, Engebretsen L, Roos EM. Exercise therapy versus arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for degenerative meniscal tear in middle aged patients: randomised controlled trial with two year follow-up. BMJ. 2016 Jul 20;354:i3740. Skou ST, Roos EM, Laursen MB, Rathleff MS, Arendt-Nielsen L, Simonsen O, Rasmussen S. A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Total Knee Replacement. N Engl J Med. 2015 Oct 22;373(17):1597-606 Skou ST, Roos EM. Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark (GLA:D™): evidence-based education and supervised neuromuscular exercise delivered by certified physiotherapists nationwide. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2017 Feb 7;18(1):72. Roos EM, Barton CJ, Davis AM, McGlasson R, Kemp JL, Crossley KM, Liu Q, Lin J, Skou ST. GLA:D to have a high-value option for patients with knee and hip arthritis across four continents: Good Life with osteoArthritis from Denmark. Br J Sports Med. 2018 Mar 7.

Dr. Emma K Stokes PT, PhD, MSc Mgmt

President, World Confederation for Physical Therapy

Emma Stokes is an associate professor and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She teaches on the university’s entry to practice programmes in Dublin and Singapore. Her research focuses on matters related to professional practice (e.g. leadership in the profession). From 2018 to 2019, she is an associate professor at Qatar University, leading the development of their new Physiotherapy education programme. She has been a member of the WCPT board since 2007 and was elected President in 2015.

Learn More about her work:

McGowan E, Walsh C, Stokes EK (2017) Clinical physiotherapists’ experiences of leadership in physiotherapy in Ireland. BMJ Leader 1(4): 57-63. McGowan E, Walsh C, Stokes EK (2017) Physiotherapy managers’ perceptions of their leadership effectiveness: a multi-frame analysis. Physiotherapy 103(3):289-295. McGowan E, Stokes EK (2017) Leadership and leadership development within the profession of physiotherapy in Ireland. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice 33:62-71.

Dr. Anthony Schneiders PT, PhD

Professor, Exercise & Health Sciences, School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University

Learn More about his work:

Balasundaram AP, Schneiders AG, Sullivan SJ. Rest and return-to-sport recommendations following sport-related concussion (PEDro synthesis). Br J Sports Med. 2018 May;52(9):616-617. Moran RW, Schneiders AG, Mason J, Sullivan SJ. Do Functional Movement Screen (FMS) composite scores predict subsequent injury? A systematic review with meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med. 2017 Dec;51(23):1661-1669. Ardern CL, Glasgow P, Schneiders A, Witvrouw E, Clarsen B, Cools A, Gojanovic B, Griffin S, Khan KM, Moksnes H, Mutch SA, Phillips N, Reurink G, Sadler R, Silbernagel KG, Thorborg K, Wangensteen A, Wilk KE, Bizzini M. 2016 Consensus statement on return to sport from the First World Congress in Sports Physical Therapy, Bern. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Jul;50(14):853-64.

Dr. Kristian Thorborg PT, PhD

Associate Professor, Sports Orthopedic Research – Copenhagen, Amager-Hvidovre hospital, Denmark

Dr. Thorborg is a senior researcher and associate professor as well as the Vice President of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT), a worldwide organization with more than 30 member countries. His main interests are the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injury and pain. Kristian Thorborg has published more than 10 systematic reviews and 10 RCTs related to the effect of specific exercise interventions to reduce the burden of musculoskeletal pain and injury. Publications: 131 peer-reviewed Medline indexed publications since 2010, including 10 editorials, reviews and current concepts papers. His H-index is 32 and his papers have been cited more than 3500 times. He has co-authored more than 20 book chapters on issues related to musculoskeletal rehabilitation and sports medicine.

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Thorborg K, Kraemer O, Madsen AD, Hölmich P. Patient-Reported Outcomes Within the First Year After Hip Arthroscopy and Rehabilitation for Femoroacetabular Impingement and/or Labral Injury: The Difference Between Getting Better and Getting Back to Normal. Am J Sports Med. 2018 Aug 3:363546518786971. O’Neill S, Radia J, Bird K, Rathleff MS, Bandholm T, Jorgensen M, Thorborg K. Acute sensory and motor response to 45-s heavy isometric holds for the plantar flexors in patients with Achilles tendinopathy. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2018 Jul 4. Harøy J, Clarsen B, Wiger EG, Øyen MG, Serner A, Thorborg K, Hölmich P, Andersen TE, Bahr R. The Adductor Strengthening Programme prevents groin problems among male football players: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Br J Sports Med. 2018 Jun 10. Thorborg K, Reiman MP, Weir A, Kemp JL, Serner A, Mosler AB, HÖlmich P. Clinical Examination, Diagnostic Imaging, and Testing of Athletes With Groin Pain: An Evidence-Based Approach to Effective Management. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Apr;48(4):239-249. Clausen MB, Bandholm T, Rathleff MS, Christensen KB, Zebis MK, Graven-Nielsen T, Hölmich P, Thorborg K. The Strengthening Exercises in Shoulder Impingement trial (The SExSI-trial) investigating the effectiveness of a simple add-on shoulder strengthening exercise programme in patients with long-lasting subacromial impingement syndrome: Study protocol for a pragmatic, assessor blinded, parallel-group, randomised, controlled trial. Trials. 2018 Mar 2;19(1):154.

Dr. Jane Thornton MD, PhD

Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic

Dr. Jane Thornton is a Canadian Clinician-Researcher in primary care and sports medicine with a special interest in sport injury prevention, particularly musculoskeletal and female athlete health. A Senior Associate Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Thornton also serves as an Expert Advisor for the IOC-supported Active Well-being Initiative. She is a World Champion and Olympic Rower with a passion for medical education surrounding musculoskeletal medicine and physical activity for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

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Thornton, J.S., P. Fremont, K. Khan, P. Poirier, G. Wells, J. Fowles, R. Frankovich. Physical activity prescription: a critical opportunity to address a modifiable risk factor for the prevention and management of chronic disease: a position statement by the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Br J Sports Med 2016 Sep;50(18):1109-14. Thornton, J.S., A. Vinther, F. Wilson, M. Wilkinson, C. Lebrun, S. Di Ciacca, K. Orlando, T. Smoljanovic. Rowing Injuries – an updated review. Sports Medicine 2016. 47(4), 641-61. Thornton JS and Vinther A. Prevention of rib stress injury in rowers: what do we know and where do we need to go? Sports Orthop Traumatol 2018. Lion A, Vuillemin A, Thornton JS, Theisen D, Stranges S, Ward M. Physical activity promotion in primary care: a Utopian quest? Health Promotion International 2018.

Dr. Rod Whiteley PT, PhD

Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital

Rod is a Specialist sports physiotherapist whose PhD was in throwing-related injury, but over the last 10 years has shifted focus to the lower limb in general, and acute muscle injuries and overuse tendon injury in particular.

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Bakken A, Targett S, Bere T, Eirale C, Farooq A, Mosler AB, Tol JL, Whiteley R, Khan KM, Bahr R. Muscle Strength Is a Poor Screening Test for Predicting Lower Extremity Injuries in Professional Male Soccer Players: A 2-Year Prospective Cohort Study. Am J Sports Med. 2018 May;46(6):1481-1491. van Dyk N, Bahr R, Burnett AF, Whiteley R, Bakken A, Mosler A, Farooq A, Witvrouw E. A comprehensive strength testing protocol offers no clinical value in predicting risk of hamstring injury: a prospective cohort study of 413 professional football players. Br J Sports Med. 2017 Dec;51(23):1695-1702. Tol JL, Hamilton B, Eirale C, Muxart P, Jacobsen P, Whiteley R. At return to play following hamstring injury the majority of professional football players have residual isokinetic deficits. Br J Sports Med. 2014 Sep;48(18):1364-9. Jacobsen P, Witvrouw E, Muxart P, Tol JL, Whiteley R. A combination of initial and follow-up physiotherapist examination predicts physician-determined time to return to play after hamstring injury, with no added value of MRI. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Apr;50(7):431-9. van der Made AD, Almusa E, Reurink G, Whiteley R, Weir A, Hamilton B, Maas M, Ngai ASH, Moen MH, Goudswaard GJ, Tol JL. Intramuscular tendon injury is not associated with an increased hamstring reinjury rate within 12 months after return to play. Br J Sports Med. 2018 Apr 13.


Orthopedic Clinic, Oslo University Hospital, Norway


Professor Engebretsen is currently a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Oslo University Clinic and Head of Medical Sciences in the International Olympic Committee. He has published over 450 articles and book chapters and is among the world’s most productive in clinical, epidemiological and basic science research in the areas of general sports medicine, knee ligaments, cartilage and prevention of sports injuries and illnesses. Professor Engebretsen has been the President of the Norwegian Sports Medicine Society, the Scandinavian Foundation of Sports Medicine and European Society of Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy (ESSKA). He is or has been a board member of the Norwegian Society of Sports Medicine, the Scandinavian Foundation of Medicine & Science in Sports, the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), the Orthopedic Research Society and International Knee Society. He is the Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine (IPHP edition), Associate Editor of Journal of Bone and Joint and on the editorial board of American Journal of Sports Medicine, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, Knee Surgery, Arthroscopy and Sports Traumatology, and The Knee.