About Dr Paula Beckenkamp

Dr Paula Beckenkamp is an Early Career Researcher interested in investigating the impact of different conditions on individuals’ physical function and general health. Dr Beckenkamp is particularly interested in the link between different musculoskeletal conditions and the influence on physical activity participation and sedentary behaviour.

Dr Paula Beckenkamp has extensive experience in musculoskeletal research, particularly related to the prognosis of people following lower limb injuries, such as ankle fractures. Her previous work applied different methodologies, including large multicentre randomised controlled trial, observational studies, Cochrane and systematic reviews of effects of interventions, prognosis and diagnostic test accuracy. The quality and impact of her research is translated into a wide range of publications in high impact journals, including JAMA.

Dr Beckenkamp's PhD included a large trial looking at treatment for people following ankle fractures.  The trial was highly regarded and the results were published in one of the best medical journals (JAMA) which generated great media attention in several media outlets nationally and internationally, including Medscape and Physicians' Briefing.

Selected publications

  1. Beckenkamp, P., Lin, C., Macaskill, P., Michaleff, Z., Maher, C., Moseley, A. (2017). Diagnostic accuracy of the Ottawa Ankle and Midfoot Rules: A systematic review with meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(6), 504-510.
  2. Beckenkamp, P., Lin, C., Engelen, L., Moseley, A. (2016). Reduced physical activity in people following ankle fractures: A longitudinal study. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 46(4), 235-242.
  3. Gomes, A., Campos, T., Beckenkamp, P., Diong, J., Clarke, E., Clarke, J., Herbert, R. (2016). Effects of isokinetic eccentric training on the human Achilles tendon. Journal of Exercise Physiology Online, 19, 46-54.
  4. Moseley, A., Beckenkamp, P., Haas, M., Herbert, R., Lin, C. (2015). Rehabilitation after immobilization for ankle fracture: The EXACT randomized clinical trial. JAMA, 314(13), 1376-1385.
  5. Beckenkamp, P., Lin, C., Chagpar, S., Herbert, R., Van Der Ploeg, H., Moseley, A. (2014). Prognosis of physical function following ankle fracture: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 44(11), 841-851.
  6. Steffens, D., Beckenkamp, P., Hancock, M., Paiva, D., Alison, J., Menna-Barreto, S. (2013). Activity level predicts 6-minute walk distance in healthy older females: an observational study. Physiotherapy, 99(1), 21-26.
  7. Ferreira, P., Beckenkamp, P., Maher, C., Hopper, J., Ferreira, M. (2013). Nature or nurture in low back pain? Results of a systematic review of studies based on twin samples. European Journal of Pain, 17(7), 957-971.
  8. Campos, T., Beckenkamp, P., Moseley, A. (2013). Usage evaluation of a resource to support evidence-based physiotherapy: the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro). Physiotherapy, 99(3), 252-257.
  9. Oliveira, V., Refshauge, K., Ferreira, M., Zambelli de Almeida Pinto, R., Beckenkamp, P., Negrao Filho, R., Ferreira, P. (2012). Communication that values patient autonomy is associated with satisfaction with care: a systematic review. Journal of Physiotherapy, 58(4), 215-229.
  10. Lin, C., Donkers, N., Refshauge, K., Beckenkamp, P., Khera, K., Moseley, A. (2012). Rehabilitation for ankle fractures in adults (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 11, 1-113.
  11. Beckenkamp, P., Lin, C., Herbert, R., Haas, M., Khera, K., Moseley, A., EXACT Team. (2011). EXACT: EXercise or Advice after ankle fraCTure. Design of a randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 12(1), 148-1-148-7.
  12. Beckenkamp, P., Lin, C. (2011). The effects of warm-up on physical performance are not clear. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 45(6), 525-526.
  13. Steffens, D., Beckenkamp, P., de Albuquerque, I., Paiva, D., Menna Barreto, S. (2007). Occupational exposure to tobacco dust: Effects on the respiratory system. Pulmão RJ, 16(2-4), 86-90.