Clare Ardern

Physiotherapist, PhD, Senior researcher

Role in FICEBO:

Senior researcher

Who are you?

Australian-trained physiotherapist; senior researcher in sports medicine

Favorite part of your job?

Building projects and collaborating with clever clinicians and resourceful researchers who are tackling important challenges in sports health & performance

Why did you decide to enter your field?

I wanted to be an Olympic athlete, but couldn’t run fast enough to make the team! The runner-up option was to become a sport physiotherapist. After graduating from my clinical degree, I decided I also wanted to do research on how to help athletes stay healthy and perform at their best.

Who/What inspires you?

All the hard-working clinicians and athletes/patients trying to make quality decisions together in practice. I’m committed to doing research that helps clinicians help athletes and patients.

The most interesting article you’ve read recently?

“COVID-19 medical papers have fewer women first authors than expected” by Jens Peter Andersen and colleagues; published in eLife (doi: 10.7554/eLife.58807).

Your favorite book and why?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak for its poetry and humanity Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, by Caroline Criado Perez, for its honesty Brukner & Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine, for its detail