CURRENT (AND PREVIOUS) FUNCTION: Bruno Tassignon is a PhD student at the Human Physiology and Sports Physiotherapy Research Group, Faculty LK of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In 2015 he obtained his Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physical Therapy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
RESEARCH AREA: Bruno's research focuses (1) on improving the return to sport decision making after a sports injury and (2) the interactions between the brain and different types of fatigue within the sports injury prevention, rehabilitation, as well as return to sport context. His research already showed that there are no scientifically substantiated criteria for the current return to sport decision making after an ankle sprain with ligamentary damage.
CURRENT RESEARCH QUESTIONS: Bruno's current research is mainly focused on how different types of fatigue (e.g. mental, peripheral) affect the brain during the performance of balancing tasks that are often used in clinical practice. In addition, Bruno, together with Romain Meeusen and Jo Verschueren, contributes to an international Delphi study with the aim to reach a globally accepted consensus statement regarding criteria for return to sports decision making after an ankle sprain with ligamentary damage.
PRACTICAL APPLICABILITY: With these insights, doctors, physiotherapists, athletes and coaches can be better supported in their return to sport decision making. A better understanding of how the brain interacts with different types of fatigue after a sports injury can lead to new treatment strategies and a safer return to sport.