Caroline Bolling is a sports physiotherapist from Brazil. She acquired her master's degree in Public Health at UFMG in Belo Horizonte on injuries and health of professional dancers, and has knowledge on the epidemiology and prevention of sports injuries. She worked 9 years as a physiotherapist in Minas Tenis Clube ( Brazil), especially with artistic and trampoline gymnastics. Thereafter, she was the head therapist at the Cirque du Soleil Quidam show. Currently, through a Science Without Borders grant, she is a researcher at the department of Public and Occupational Health at the VU University Medical Center, working on a qualitative project on the athletes’ narrative of injuries and injury prevention.
Annika Prien graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Sciences from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and with a Master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology from Brunel University London, UK. Since 2015 she has worked as a research assistant at the MSH Medical School Hamburg in the Department for Prevention and Sport. Currently, Annika Prien is studying towards a PhD on long-term health in elite sports at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam.
In her PhD project entitled “Head in the Game”, Annika evaluates a broad array of health outcomes in retried football players, with a particular focus on the potential long-term effects of sport-related head impacts on cognitive function. Further research interests include injury surveillance in aquatics sports and prevalence of mental health issues in elite athletes.
In her spare time, Annika plays Ultimate Frisbee and enjoys climbing mountains.
Carolin Besuden is a final year medical student who is presently conducting the "Reduced Achilles Pain" study as part of her master thesis. She is planning to obtain her MSc degree in the summer of 2018 after which she will continue doing research as a M.D.
Roland Rössler is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Public and Occupational Health of VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During his PhD studies at the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health at the University of Basel, Switzerland, he investigated injury characteristics and injury prevention in children’s football (soccer). After his PhD he coordinated an international multicentre study to investigate the efficacy of the new injury prevention programme, specifically designed for children’s football (“11+ Kids”).
During his postdoctoral project at the VU University Medical Center he investigates the influence of relative age and maturity on motor performance and on physical activity levels in school children. His project is kindly funded by the prestigious “Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship” from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
Adinda Mailuhu is a PhD student and a general practitioner in training at the department of General Practice at the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam. After finishing her medical degree in 2012 at the Erasmus University Medical Centre, she worked as a resident at the emergency department of Franciscus Hospital in Roosendaal, The Netherlands.
She started her PhD in 2014 and in 2015 she started her first year as a general practitioner in training at a general practice in Roosendaal. The focus of her PhD project is the treatment of acute lateral ankle sprains in general practice (trAPP-study): a randomized controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of an unsupervised neuromuscular training program for the treatment of acute lateral ankle sprains. In addition, she will investigate the long-term course and prognosis of patients with acute lateral ankle sprains in general practice. During her PhD project, she will be following courses at the NIHES (Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences) at Erasmus University Medical Centre, to obtain the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology.
Richard graduated in medicine from Bristol Medical School in 1999, gained his MSc in Sport & Exercise Medicine from UCL in 2008, and Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Hertfordshire in 2013. During this time he also completed his training first as a General Practitioner and then went back to hospital to complete specialist training in Sport & Exercise Medicine, becoming a Consultant Physician in 2011.
He is the lead medical officer and club doctor at West Ham United Football Club, senior sports medicine physician at the British Olympic Association Intensive Rehabilitation Unit with the English Institute of Sport, Honorary Consultant at UCLH and the UCL Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, lead medical officer at the Football Association for 10 England Disability Football teams and helps out with The London Bronco's Rugby League team and in professional ballet and dance. He has an interest in physical activity promotion and public health and has worked with the NHS and at government level, with numerous publications in this area.
Richard is currently very proud to be working in his third Paralympic Games cycle with Paralympics GB. This area of work has been extremely challenging medically and very rewarding and is the focus for his current research. He is working towards developing greater understanding of what is currently known about disability sports injuries and will help develop a framework to guide others working in this research-sparse and challenging field.
James is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM)[JB1] at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). His PhD evaluated the effectiveness of a nationwide injury prevention program for rugby union, called BokSmart (www.boksmart.com). As a result of his PhD, he now holds a joint Post-Doctoral position paid by the South African Rugby Union’s BokSmart department (www.boksmart.com) and Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund (www.playersfund.org.za).
James’ research interests include: preventing all rugby-related injuries including catastrophic injuries, evaluation and implementation of interventions, understanding barriers to optimal health care of all rugby players including those who have suffered catastrophic injuries while playing the game.
Nicola studied her BSc in Human Kinetics and Ergonomics and Biochemistry at Rhodes University, before moving to the University of Cape Town to complete her BSc (Med) (Hons) in Exercise Science (Biokinetics) and her MSc in Exercise Science. She completed her Biokinetics internship at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa where she continues to practice as a Biokineticist. She is currently based at the University of Cape Town at the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.
She has a keen interest in rugby, having completed her research in rugby video performance analysis initially and then performance and fatigue monitoring at university level rugby. She is currently studying towards her PhD at the University of Cape Town, with her focus on injury prevention in the South African rugby union setting. Her project will be partnered with the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and BokSmart using the BokSmart ‘Safe Six’ exercises as an injury prevention program.
In her spare time, Nicola is an avid runner and enjoys being outdoors.
Judith Jelsma is currently working as a Phd-student of the DALI project at the Department of Public and Occupational Health at the EMGO+ Institute of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. Judith completed her Masters in Human Movement Science at the VU University in Amsterdam in 2007. After her study, she worked as a research assistent (PROFIT study) at the Department of Public and Occupational Health of the EMGO+ Institute.
Marelise studied Physiotherapy at Stellenbosch University where she also obtained a Master’s degree in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. She worked as an Orthopaedic and Sports injury Physiotherapist in both public and private health care, until she became a full-time PhD student as part of the Vrije University-NRF South Africa Desmond Tutu Doctoral Programme in 2015. She is currently based at Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine of the University of Cape Town.
For her PhD study, she will investigate the long-term consequences of catastrophic injuries in South African Rugby union players. This project will be conducted in conjunction with the Chris Burger /Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, a non-profit organisation that provides psychological, physical and emotional support for players who have been seriously injured. In her free time, she enjoys running and mountain biking.
Femke van Nassau is a Post Doc at the Department of Public and Occupational Health of the EMGO+ Institute at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She holds a PhD (2015) from the VU University Amsterdam and a Msc degree in Health Sciences (major in Human Movement Science) from Maastricht University, both in the Netherlands.
Her main research topics are: Implementation research, process and effect evaluation, determinants of implementation, measurement of sedentary and physical activity behavior, intervention development following the Intervention Mapping protocol, prevention of overweight, qualitative research (focus group, interview). As part of her PhD research, Femke developed an implementation index score to measure programme delivery by combining measures of quality, dosage and fidelity.
Within the department, Femke has teaching responsibilities concerning courses for students the faculties of Medicine, Human Movement Sciences and Health Sciences and individual supervision in research training.
Saulo Delfino Barboza (1988) is a physiotherapist. After his bachelor he became member of the National Society of Sports Physiotherapy (SONAFE, Brazil) and earned his Master’s degree in Health Sciences. During his clinical practice in Brazil he was interested in implementing preventive measures in real-life sport situations. Currently, in his doctoral research at the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, he investigates methods to provide eHealth solutions for transferring knowledge on prevention and management of sport health problems to different (elite) sport settings.
Joske Nauta is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Public and Occupational Health of VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After studying human movement sciences at the VU, she has been traveling and working at a large energy supplier before she returned to Amsterdam. Since 2009 she has been combining her duties as personal assistant to the head of department with an appointment as junior researcher. This has resulted in a thesis on injury prevention in young children which she successfully defended in June 2015. For her postdoctoral position, she is working on projects on the prevention of injuries, mainly in children.
Hidde van der Ploeg is a senior researcher with the Department of Public and Occupational Health of the VU University Medical Center. He is also an adjunct senior research fellow with the Sydney School of Public Health of the University of Sydney (Australia). He holds a PhD (2006) and degrees in Epidemiology and Human Movement Science (major in exercise physiology and minor in psychology) all from the VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His main research expertise is in physical activity and sedentary behaviours in relation to public and occupational health. His main focusses are on 1) physical activity and sedentary behavior interventions in health care and workplace settings, 2) the measurement and surveillance of physical activity and sedentary behaviours.
Luiz Carlos Hespanhol Junior (1986) is a sports physiotherapist. After his graduation he worked in private physiotherapy clinics and in an elite track and field team (national and Olympic level) in São Paulo, Brazil. His master’s dissertation (UNICID, Brazil) was on the epidemiology of running injuries, and then he got a Brazilian scholarship (from CAPES) to do his PhD in the Department of Public and Occupational Health and EMGO+ Institute at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. He is also a research fellow of the São Paulo Running Injury Group (SPRunIG) in Brazil. His main interest is in sports and physical activity research, including the promotion of physical activity and the prevention and treatment of sports injuries.
Miriam van Reijen (1983) studied Development Economics at the Wageningen University and Research Centre en Human Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. As an ambitious athlete she won Dutch Championships medals in the marathon and duathlon in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014 with a personal best of 2h41. In addition to running she started her own company focussing on training, nutrition and freelance writing, publishing a cookbook for runners in 2013. However, research kept her interest and in 2013 she came back to the VU to do her PhD.
Willem van Mechelen is Head Department of Department of Public and Occupational Health of VU University Medical Centre and Co- Director EMGO+ Institute of VU University Medical Centre. Willem van Mechelen (1952) was born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After completion of his training as a PE-teacher he worked for 9 years at an Amsterdam high school. He combined this with studying medicine at the University of Amsterdam. After his certification as an MD in 1982 he started working at various out-patient clinics as a sports and occupational physician. He also started in that year his scientific career with a part-time appointment at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He earned his PhD in Human Movement Sciences in 1992. He also is a board certified occupational physician and a registered epidemiologist. Currently, he is employed by the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam as a full professor of Occupational and Sports Medicine.
Mireille van Poppel (1966) is Medical Biologist and Epidemiologist. She works since 2000 at the Department of Public and Occupational Health of the VU University Medical Center and EMGO+ institute. She is Associate Professor within the research line “Sport, Physical Activity and Health”. Within this research line, she worked in the broad field of physical activity and health, predominantly evaluating interventions for promoting physical activity in diverse target groups. In recent years, her focus was more and more on physical activity in and around pregnancy.
Ingrid Vriend (1973) has studied both Human Movement Science and Epidemiology. She works as a researcher at VeiligheidNL (Consumer Safety Institute) focusing, among other things, at sports injuries with a special interest in effective prevention efforts, intervention evaluations and the registration of injuries. For the present study she works parttime at the EMGO+ Institute as an embedded researcher. This serves as a link between science and the field of practice. In her free time she likes traveling, sports, and photography.