A Portrait of the physiotherapist and movement scientist
Our series re.searched presents researchers of the St. Pölten UAS. This time, we introduce Barbara Wondrasch, International Coordinator of the Department of Health Sciences.
To me, curiosity means…
… the willingness to try new things and be taken by surprise. For me, curiosity is also associated with knowledge. Actually, they go hand in hand. If I remain curious, I cannot help learning something new. Curiosity can also become “unpleasant”, though, because trying new things inevitably means leaving your comfort zone.
I do research because…
… I want to further develop the profession of physiotherapist, and because I like to discover new things. When patients profit from these new developments – which is, after all, the ultimate goal of our research – we have done a good job. What’s more, I like to exploit the whole spectrum of our profession and enter new realms – physiotherapy research has to become an independent science of its own!
In the next 20 years, our society will be characterised by…
… the evolutionary further development of mankind as well as the change and restructuring in all areas of life and work. Digitalisation will be an essential element of our actions, not only in our working environment but also in our private lives. What is important is that we are aware not only of the opportunities and enhanced scope of action associated with these new technologies but also of their dangers and risks – and that we handle them wisely.
About the person
Barbara Wondrasch is an UAS lecturer and International Coordinator at the Department of Health Sciences of the St. Pölten UAS. Her focus areas in teaching and research include physiotherapy in the clinical fields of orthopaedics and traumatology as well as clinical research with a focus on arthrosis, trauma prevention in sports, and biomechanics. Barbara Wondrasch graduated from the physiotherapy academy of AKH Vienna and subsequently completed an education of sports physiotherapy at the International Academy of Sports Medicine, the master degree programme “Evidence-based Physiotherapy” at FH Campus Wien, and a PhD programme at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.