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What is your fondest career memory?
As a medical student, I performed my scientific internship at the sports medicine department of The Hague Medical Centre in the Netherlands. I had the chance to complete a Randomised controlled trial (RCT) on the additional value of a night splint for patients with Achilles tendinopathy, which eventually resulted in a BJSM publication—that period was very special. This was the start of a fruitful collaboration and I still collaborate in research activities with Hans Tol and Adam Weir, two other great sports physicians.⇓⇓
What do you consider the most memorable sporting moment you've witnessed?
The goal of Dennis Bergkamp for the Netherlands against Argentina during the 1998 FIFA World Cup. As a youngster I watched every minute of that world cup on TV. That specific moment was magic—It still gives me goose bumps.
What do you think is your most valuable contribution to the field?
Mainly in the field of tendinopathy research. I have been involved in multiple RCTs and until now, we have not been able to find an effective treatment for these injuries. I hope we will be able to discover better options with translational research and provide more satisfactory care for patients in the future. As the club doctor of Football Club Excelsior Rotterdam, I am currently setting up injury prevention programmes. We aim to identify …
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