Mr Rutger De Zoete

Mr Rutger De Zoete

Casual Academic

School of Health Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Rutger de Zoete holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy and a Master of Science degree in Human Movement Sciences. In the Netherlands, Rutger set up his own private practice in which he worked as a musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapist. After several years, he decided to pursue his dream of researching motor control, for which he obtained a PhD scholarship with some of the leading physiotherapy researchers in Australia.

Rutger’s research aims to gain a better understanding of neck pain, a condition that affects approximately 70% of the global population. More specifically, Rutger focuses on the role of sensorimotor control in individuals with idiopathic (non-specific) neck pain. For his project, Rutger has established research collaborations with three different Universities all over the world (Uruguay, Iceland, and Queensland, Australia) in order to ensure the best available equipment and research methods for his project.

Rutger has (co-)authored publications coming from a variety of research projects, primarily addressing musculoskeletal problems. He has also presented his research at (inter)national conferences and Physiotherapy seminars organised by The University of Newcastle.

Rutger was awarded a top-up scholarship by Felicity and Michael Thomson through the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) in 2016 and has been awarded several Travel Grants for both national and international conference travel.

In addition to his PhD research, Rutger enjoys teaching and he has been delivering first- and second year Physiotherapy courses for the past two years.


Qualifications

  • Master of Science, University of Amsterdam - Netherlands
  • Bachelor of Health, University of Amsterdam - Netherlands

Keywords

  • Physiotherapy
  • Motor control
  • Human movement sciences
  • Cervical spine

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110317 Physiotherapy 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2017 Travel Grant ($1,000)
Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health | The University of Newcastle
2016 Top-Up Scholarship ($20,000)
Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
2016 Travel Grant ($1,000)
Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health | The University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
PHTY1040 Introduction to Physiotherapy
University of Newcastle - School of Health Sciences
Tutor 1/02/2016 - 15/07/2017
PHTY2010 Physiotherapy III
University of Newcastle - School of Health Sciences
Tutor 1/02/2016 - 15/07/2017
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Weerasekara I, Osmotherly P, Snodgrass S, Marquez J, de Zoete R, Rivett DA, 'Clinical Benefits of Joint Mobilization on Ankle Sprains: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99 1395-1412.e5 (2018)

© 2017 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Objective: To assess the clinical benefits of joint mobilization for ankle sprains. Data Sources: MEDLINE, MEDLINE In-Process, ... [more]

© 2017 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Objective: To assess the clinical benefits of joint mobilization for ankle sprains. Data Sources: MEDLINE, MEDLINE In-Process, Embase, AMED, PsycINFO, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, PEDro, Scopus, SPORTDiscus, and Dissertations and Theses were searched from inception to June 2017. Study Selection: Studies investigating humans with grade I or II lateral or medial sprains of the ankle in any pathologic state from acute to chronic, who had been treated with joint mobilization were considered for inclusion. Any conservative intervention was considered as a comparator. Commonly reported clinical outcomes were considered such as ankle range of movement, pain, and function. After screening of 1530 abstracts, 56 studies were selected for full-text screening, and 23 were eligible for inclusion. Eleven studies on chronic sprains reported sufficient data for meta-analysis. Data Extraction: Data were extracted using the participants, interventions, comparison, outcomes, and study design approach. Clinically relevant outcomes (dorsiflexion range, proprioception, balance, function, pain threshold, pain intensity) were assessed at immediate, short-term, and long-term follow-up points. Data Synthesis: Methodological quality was assessed independently by 2 reviewers, and most studies were found to be of moderate quality, with no studies rated as poor. Meta-analysis revealed significant immediate benefits of joint mobilization compared with comparators on improving posteromedial dynamic balance (P=.0004), but not for improving dorsiflexion range (P=.16), static balance (P=.96), or pain intensity (P=.45). Joint mobilization was beneficial in the short-term for improving weight-bearing dorsiflexion range (P=.003) compared with a control. Conclusions: Joint mobilization appears to be beneficial for improving dynamic balance immediately after application, and dorsiflexion range in the short-term. Long-term benefits have not been adequately investigated.

DOI 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.07.019
Co-authors Jodie Marquez, Peter Osmotherly, Ishankamadhurangani Rajapakshamudiyanselage Uon, Darren Rivett, Suzanne Snodgrass
2018 Young JL, Rhon DI, de Zoete RMJ, Cleland JA, Snodgrass SJ, 'The influence of dosing on effect size of exercise therapy for musculoskeletal foot and ankle disorders: a systematic review', Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, 22 20-32 (2018) [C1]

© 2017 Associação Brasileira de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação em Fisioterapia Objective: The purpose of this review was to identify doses of exercise therapy associated with greater tr... [more]

© 2017 Associação Brasileira de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação em Fisioterapia Objective: The purpose of this review was to identify doses of exercise therapy associated with greater treatment effect sizes in individuals with common musculoskeletal disorders of the foot and ankle, namely, achilles tendinopathy, ankle sprains and plantar heel pain. Methods: AMED, EMBASE and MEDLINE were searched from 2005 to August 2017 for randomized controlled trials related to exercise for these three diagnoses. The Physiotherapy Evidence Database scale was used for methodological quality assessment. Exercise dosing variables and outcome measures related to pain and function were extracted from the studies, and standardized mean differences were calculated for the exercise groups. Results: Fourteen studies met the final inclusion. A majority of the studies showed large effects and two small trends were identified. Patients with plantar heel pain may benefit more from a daily home exercise program than two supervised visits per week (SMD = 3.82), but this recommendation is based on weak evidence. In achilles tendinopathy, a relationship was also seen when sets and repetitions of eccentric exercise were performed as tolerated (SMD = 1.08 for function, -1.29 for pain). Conclusions: Session duration, frequency, total number of visits, and overall length of care may all be dosing variables with limited value for determining effective exercise prescription. However, the limited number of studies prevents any definitive conclusions. Further investigation is warranted to improve our understanding of the influence exercise dosing has on treatment effect sizes. Future randomized controlled trials comparing specific exercise dose variables should be conducted to clarify the impact of these variables.

DOI 10.1016/j.bjpt.2017.10.001
Co-authors Jodi Young Uon, Daniel Rhon Uon, Suzanne Snodgrass
2017 de Zoete R, Osmotherly PG, Rivett DA, Farrell SF, Snodgrass SJ, 'Sensorimotor control in individuals with idiopathic neck pain and healthy individuals. A systematic review and meta-analysis', Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 98 1257-1271 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.09.121
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Darren Rivett, Suzanne Snodgrass, Peter Osmotherly

Conference (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 De Zoete R, Osmotherly PG, Rivett D, Snodgrass SNJ, 'Cervical sensorimotor control is not correlated with neck pain or neck disability in individuals with chronic idiopathic neck pain', Sydney (2018)
Co-authors Peter Osmotherly, Suzanne Snodgrass, Darren Rivett
2017 Weerasekara I, Osmotherly PG, Snodgrass S, de Zoete R, Rivett DA, 'Clinical benefits of passive joint mobilisation on ankle sprains. A systematic review and meta analysis', Momentum 2017. Proceedings of Australian Physiotherapy Association Biennial Conference, Sydney (2017)
Co-authors Peter Osmotherly, Darren Rivett, Suzanne Snodgrass
2017 de Zoete RMJ, Osmotherly PG, Rivett DA, Snodgrass SJ, 'Head tilt response: A novel method to test spatial orientation in individuals with idiopathic neck pain', Momentum 2017. Proceedings of Australian Physiotherapy Association Biennial Conference, Sydney (2017)
Co-authors Darren Rivett, Peter Osmotherly, Suzanne Snodgrass
2017 Blyton SJ, Edwards S, Moghaddas D, de Zoete RMJ, Palazzi K, Oldmeadow C, et al., 'Associations between neck kinematics and pain in individuals with chronic idiopathic neck pain', Sydney, Australia (2017)
Co-authors Christopher Oldmeadow, Darren Rivett, Philip Bolton, Suzanne Snodgrass, Suzi Edwards
2017 De Zoete R, Osmotherly PG, Rivett D, Snodgrass S, 'No difference in cervical sensorimotor control between individuals with chronic idiopathic neck pain and healthy individuals', Sydney (2017)
Co-authors Suzanne Snodgrass, Darren Rivett, Peter Osmotherly
2016 Snodgrass S, Cooper R, Edwards S, Moghaddas D, Blyton S, de Zoete R, Rivett D, 'Altered movement strategies during functional tasks in individuals with chronic idiopathic neck pain', MANUAL THERAPY (2016)
DOI 10.1016/j.math.2016.05.107
Co-authors Suzanne Snodgrass, Suzi Edwards, Darren Rivett
2016 Weerasekara I, Osmotherly P, Snodgrass S, de Zoete R, Rivett D, 'Clinical Benefits of Passive Joint Mobilisation on Ankle Sprains', Melbourne (2016)
Co-authors Darren Rivett, Ishankamadhurangani Rajapakshamudiyanselage Uon, Peter Osmotherly, Suzanne Snodgrass
2016 Snodgrass S, de Zoete R, Rivett D, Stanwell PT, 'Assessment of cerebral biochemistry in individuals with chronic idiopathic neck pain and healthy individuals: evidence for central changes in the presence of chronic neck pain', Glasgow, Scotland (2016)
Co-authors Darren Rivett, Peter Stanwell, Suzanne Snodgrass
2016 de Zoete R, Osmotherly PG, Rivett DA, Farrell SF, Snodgrass SJ, 'Sensorimotor control in individuals with idiopathic neck pain and healthy individuals. A systematic review and meta-analysis', Proceedings of International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom (2016)
2015 de Zoete RMJ, Osmotherly PG, Rivett DA, Farrell SF, Snodgrass SJ, 'Sensorimotor control in people with insidious onset neck pain and healthy individuals: a systematic review', Connect Physiotherapy Conference 2015: Conference E-book and Program, Gold Coast, Qld. (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Suzanne Snodgrass, Darren Rivett, Peter Osmotherly
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Mr Rutger De Zoete

Positions

Casual Academic
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Research Assistant
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email rutger.dezoete@newcastle.edu.au
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