PEDro award winner announced

Rachael Mary Cowan, from Australia, has been announced as the winner of the PEDro award for the best report of a randomised controlled trial for her abstract, Hormone therapy and exercise as interventions for post-menopausal women with greater trochanteric pain syndrome. A randomised controlled trial.

The trial concluded that menopausal hormone therapy combined with any exercise and education resulted in reduced pain and increased function for post-menopausal women with greater trochanteric pain syndrome when body mass index was <25. Exercise with education surrounding avoidance of gluteal tendon compression is beneficial for this population, regardless of body mass index.

The announcement was made during the closing session for the World Physiotherapy Congress 2021 online on 11 April 2021.

Watch Rachael talk about her award-winning report

Rachael is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. She is a physiotherapist and anatomy demonstrator, and is completing a PhD at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research area of interest is gluteal tendons and muscles. 

She is currently engaged in a collaborative research project with the Australian Ballet. She is a physiotherapist with Football Federation Australia, working with the Australian Women’s National Team (Young Matildas). She consults at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Geelong, Australia.

PEDro, the physiotherapy evidence database, has been informing physiotherapy practice for more than 21 years. It is a free database of more than 50,000 trials, reviews, and guidelines evaluating physiotherapy interventions.

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