Brooke PattersonResearch Officer, LASEM Research Centre
Brooke is a physiotherapist, graduating from La Trobe University in 2011. Brooke has worked in hospital, private practice and sports settings, and is currently completing her PhD at the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. Her research is investigating the impact of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) on the lives of young adults (early ostearthritis, symptoms and quality of life), and how potentially modifiable factors are associated with such changes over time. Brooke coordinated a pilot randomized controlled trial to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of a physiotherapy intervention for individuals at risk of poor outcomes post-ACLR.
Brooke is a high-level athlete in the Australian Football League (AFL) national womens competition, and has undergone an ACLR. Brooke is involved in current AFL projects, aimed at monitoring and reducing injuries in female Australian football players, and improving coach education. Brooke provides community level coaches with education and practical support to implement primary ACL prevention strategies.