Clare L. Ardern
BPhysio(Hons), PhD

Introduction

Dr Clare Ardern is a physiotherapist and clinical researcher addressing questions around return to play after injury. She completed her PhD on return to play after ACL reconstruction in Australia in 2013, and since then has worked as a clinical researcher at the Aspetar Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Hospital (Qatar) and Linköping University (Sweden). Clare was part of an international team that wrote the 2016 Consensus Statement on Return to Play – a statement that is endorsed by the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy. She also has an interest in the psychological aspect of returning to play and how the return to play transition can be improved with specific clinical interventions and superior clinical decision making. Clare is part of an international team that is developing an internet-based intervention to help athletes return to sport after ACL injury. Clare is a Deputy Editor at the BJSM where she is responsible for Systematic Reviews.

Clare is an Australian physiotherapist who completed her award-winning PhD on return to play after ACL reconstruction at La Trobe University in 2013. Since completing her PhD, Clare has worked as a clinical researcher at La Trobe University, Linköping University in Sweden and Aspetar Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar. Her postdoctoral work has focused on the factors that influence return to play after injury, and how the return to play transition can be improved with specific interventions and enhanced clinical decision making. Clare has published widely on return to play, with emphasis on the importance of psychological factors for returning to sport after injury.

The mind really does matter when it comes to returning to play after an ACL surgery