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Meet the bloggers of “Shoulder rehab Ghent”.

Ann Cools (PhD, PT) 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 finished her PhD in 2003, debating scapular involvement in sports related shoulder pain in the overhead athlete, and she has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed international journals, wrote contributions and chapters in several international recognized books, and gives several courses on a national and international level. She was head of the Physical Therapy Education at the Ghent University 2008-2016, and founding member and president of the European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER) 2008-2012. In 2017, she started with her fellow Flemish shoulder specialist colleagues the Flemish Shoulder Network, in which she is board member. She is currently a member of the Board of the International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists, responsible for the 3-annual world congress of shoulder rehabilitation.

Annelies Maenhout (PhD, PT, MT) works as a shoulder physiotherapist in private practice (www.kinepraktijk-latem.be) and lectures at Ghent University at the Rehabilitation Sciences department in Ghent, Belgium. She obtained her PhD in 2012 from the University of Ghent on the topic of rotator cuff tendinopathy etiology and implications for rehabilitation. She continued her scientific research in a postdoctoral project until 2015 on the effectiveness of physical therapy in patients with rotator cuff tendinopathy. She published papers in peer-reviewed international journals, wrote contributions for books and teaches postgraduate shoulder rehabilitation courses. She is active member of the scientific committee of EUSSER and member of the Flemish shoulder network.

Birgit Castelein (PhD, PT) is currently working as a visiting professor/post-doctoral collaborator at Ghent University (Belgium) at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy. She obtained her PhD in 2016 where she analysed the shoulder muscle EMG activity during several rehabilitation exercises (in patients with shoulder and neck pain) and where she formulated implications for rehabilitation. She is experienced in EMG investigations, and especially in fine-wire EMG of the shoulder muscles. She was the first author publishing EMG results using fine wire EMG in the field of scapular rehabilitation exercises in patients with shoulder and neck pain.  Her teaching experience and research is mainly focused on investigation and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limb. She has published several papers around this topic in peer-reviewed international journals and gave several presentations about shoulder rehabilitation on national and international level.

Dorien Borms (PhD Candidate, PT, MT) is a physiotherapist graduated in 2012 as Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy and in 2013 as a Manual Therapist at Ghent University, Belgium. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the same University under the supervision of Prof. dr. Ann Cools. Her topic of research is shoulder rehabilitation in general, and more specifically biceps related pathology, functional testing of the overhead athlete and throwing related shoulder pain. She has published several papers in peer-reviewed international Journals. Besides this, she also does clinical work in a private practice specialized in shoulder rehabilitation. She is a member of the Flemish Shoulder Network and the European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER).

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