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    Wouter Welling, Ph.D.

    Dr. Wouter Welling is a Sport Scientist (PhD) specialized in return to sports after an ACL reconstruction.
    9 years
    Pro-F Fysiotherapie
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    About Wouter Welling, Ph.D.

    Dr. Wouter Welling is a Sport Scientist (PhD) with experience in both practical work and research. He worked for years in different practical settings like sports physical therapy clinics and sport clubs (soccer) where he tries to bring sport science into practise.

    Wouter has experience with developing test methods for monitoring ACL patients (both physical and psychological), daily load monitoring and on-field rehabilitation. Besides the practical work, Wouter has done years of research on ACL patients, especially regarding return to sports.

    In March 2022 he obtained a PhD for his work at the University of Groningen.

    Currently, Wouter is working at Pro-F Fysiotherapie in Enschede where he combines practical work on ACL patients (testing/monitoring and on-field rehabilitation) with education and research.
    “Return to sport is not a static moment in time but rather a dynamic process with an individual approach for every patient”

    Work experience

    • 2015-2021 - MCZ Groningen
    • 2017-2022 - University of Groningen


    • 2018 - Progressive strength training restores quadriceps and hamstring muscle strength within 7 months after ACL reconstruction in amateur male soccer players
    • 2016 - Development of a test battery to enhance safe return to sports after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
    • 2014 - Novel methods of instruction in ACL injury prevention programs, a systematic review
    • 2022 - On-Field Tests for Patients After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Scoping Review
    • 2020 - Passing return to sports tests after ACL reconstruction is associated with greater likelihood for return to sport but fail to identify second injury risk
    • 2017 - Transfer of improved movement technique after receiving verbal external focus and video instruction
    • 2018 - Angle-specific analysis of isokinetic quadriceps and hamstring torques and ratios in patients after ACL-reconstruction
    • 2018 - Enhanced retention of drop vertical jump landing technique: A randomized controlled trial
    • 2018 - Low rates of patients meeting return to sport criteria 9 months after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a prospective longitudinal study
    • 2018 - Altered movement during single leg hop test after ACL reconstruction: implications to incorporate 2-D video movement analysis for hop tests
    • 2017 - A critical analysis of limb symmetry indices of hop tests in athletes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A case control study
    • 2015 - The effects of attentional focus on jump performance and knee joint kinematics in patients after ACL reconstruction
    • 2014 - Effect of fatigue on landing performance assessed with the landing error scoring system (less) in patients after ACL reconstruction. A pilot study