Rutger de Zoete

Dr Rutger de Zoete

Lecturer, Physiotherapy

Health and Medical Sciences Faculty Office

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Rutger de Zoete is a Lecturer and Researcher in Physiotherapy within the School of Allied Health Science and Practice. He joined The University of Adelaide in 2020 after having completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at The University of Queensland, Australia. Rutger has a background in Physiotherapy (BSc) and Human Movement Sciences (MSc), and holds a PhD (Physiotherapy) from The University of Newcastle, Australia. He has a clinical background and his passion for university teaching and research stems from his work as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist.

Rutger’s research focuses on investigating mechanisms underlying chronic neck pain. With his clinical background and advanced neuroscience knowledge and laboratory skills, he investigates the immunological and neurological mechanisms of neck pain. He aims to improve conservative management options for those with chronic neck pain, and is particularly interested in the role of physiotherapy. Rutger’s research has been published in leading physiotherapy, medical, and rehabilitation journals, demonstrating the clinical relevance of his work. He has established a strong collaborative network with Australian and global pain researchers, emphasising the importance of interdisciplinary work in this field.

Dr de Zoete is available as supervisor for PhD students.

Dr Rutger de Zoete is a Lecturer and Researcher in Physiotherapy within the School of Allied Health Science and Practice. He joined The University of Adelaide in 2020 after having completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at The University of Queensland, Australia. Rutger has a background in Physiotherapy (BSc) and Human Movement Sciences (MSc), and holds a PhD (Physiotherapy) from The University of Newcastle, Australia. He has a clinical background and his passion for university teaching and research stems from his work as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist.

Rutger’s research focuses on investigating mechanisms underlying chronic neck pain. With his clinical background and advanced neuroscience knowledge and laboratory skills, he investigates the immunological and neurological mechanisms of neck pain. He aims to improve conservative management options for those with chronic neck pain, and is particularly interested in the role of physiotherapy. Rutger’s research has been published in leading physiotherapy, medical, and rehabilitation journals, demonstrating the clinical relevance of his work. He has established a strong collaborative network with Australian and global pain researchers, emphasising the importance of interdisciplinary work in this field.

Dr de Zoete is available as supervisor for PhD students.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 Lecturer, Physiotherapy The University of Adelaide
    2018 - 2020 Postdoctoral Research Fellow The University of Queensland
    2015 - 2018 Casual Academic and Casual Teacher The University of Newcastle
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Dutch; Flemish Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    The University of Newcastle Australia PhD (Physiotherapy)
    VU University Amsterdam The Netherlands MSc (Human Movement Sciences)
    University of Applied Sciences Utrecht The Netherlands BSc (Physiotherapy)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    Certificate in University Teaching The University of Newcastle
    Certificate in University Assessment The University of Newcastle
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 de Zoete, R., Osmotherly, P., Rivett, D., & Snodgrass, S. (2020). Cervical Sensorimotor Control Does Not Change Over Time and Is Not Related to Chronic Idiopathic Neck Pain Characteristics: A 6-Month Longitudinal Observational Study. Physical therapy, 100(2), 268-282.
    DOI
    2020 De Zoete, R., Osmotherly, P., Rivett, D., & Snodgrass, S. (2020). No differences between individuals with chronic idiopathic neck pain and asymptomatic individuals on 7 cervical sensorimotor control tests: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 50(1), 33-43.
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    2020 de Zoete, R., Osmotherly, P., Rivett, D., & Snodgrass, S. (2020). Seven cervical sensorimotor control tests measure different skills in individuals with chronic idiopathic neck pain. Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, 24(1), 69-78.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2020 De Zoete, R., McAuley, J., Armfield, N., & Sterling, M. (2020). The comparative effectiveness of physical exercise interventions in individuals with chronic non-specific neck pain: Protocol for a network meta-analysis. BMJ Open, 10(5), e034846.
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    2019 Snodgrass, S., de Zoete, R., Croker, C., Yerrapothu, M., & Elliott, J. (2019). Reliability of cervical muscle volume quantification using magnetic resonance imaging. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 44, 102056.
    DOI Scopus2
    2019 Moghaddas, D., de Zoete, R., Edwards, S., & Snodgrass, S. (2019). Differences in the kinematics of the cervical and thoracic spine during functional movement in individuals with or without chronic neck pain: a systematic review. Physiotherapy (United Kingdom), 105(4), 421-433.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2019 de Zoete, R., Brown, L., Oliveira, K., Penglaze, L., Rex, R., Sawtell, B., & Sullivan, T. (2019). The effectiveness of general physical exercise for individuals with chronic neck pain: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. European Journal of Physiotherapy, 22(3), 141-147.
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    2019 Sterling, M., de Zoete, R. M., Coppieters, I., & Farrell, S. F. (2019). Best Evidence Rehabilitation for Chronic Pain Part 4: Neck Pain.. Journal of clinical medicine, 8(8), 20 pages.
    DOI Europe PMC1
    2019 de Zoete, R. M., Osmotherly, P. G., Rivett, D. A., & Snodgrass, S. J. (2019). No Differences Between Individuals With Chronic Idiopathic Neck Pain and Asymptomatic Individuals on Seven Cervical Sensorimotor Control Tests: A Cross-Sectional Study.. The Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy, 50(1), 1-37.
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    2018 Weerasekara, I., Osmotherly, P., Snodgrass, S., Marquez, J., de Zoete, R., & Rivett, D. (2018). Clinical Benefits of Joint Mobilization on Ankle Sprains: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99(7), 1395-1412.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS2 Europe PMC2
    2018 Young, J., Rhon, D., de Zoete, R., Cleland, J., & Snodgrass, S. (2018). The influence of dosing on effect size of exercise therapy for musculoskeletal foot and ankle disorders: a systematic review. Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, 22(1), 20-32.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS2
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2017 de Zoete, R., Osmotherly, P., Rivett, D., Farrell, S., & Snodgrass, S. (2017). Sensorimotor Control in Individuals With Idiopathic Neck Pain and Healthy Individuals: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. In Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Vol. 98 (pp. 1257-1271). USA: W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS18 Europe PMC6

Dr de Zoete has received over $80,000 in research funding, including more than $50,000 as Chief Investigator (CI).

  • Collaboration Seeding Grant, 2019, The Neurobiological Effects of Physical Exercise in Individuals with Chronic Pain, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland
  • Travel Grant, 2017, Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research, The University of Newcastle
  • Travel Grant, 2016, Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research, The University of Newcastle
  • Felicity and Michael Thomson Top-Up Scholarship, 2016, Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
  • Equipment Grant, 2015, School of Health Sciences, The University of Newcastle. CI: A/Prof Suzanne Snodgrass
  • Equipment Grant, 2015, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle. CI: A/Prof Suzanne Snodgrass
  • University of Newcastle International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (UNIPRS), 2014, The University of Newcastle
  • University of Newcastle Research Scholarship Central (UNRSC50:50), 2014, The University of Newcastle
  • Position: Lecturer, Physiotherapy
  • Phone: 83133034
  • Email: rutger.dezoete@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo South, floor 4
  • Room: S4 20
  • Org Unit: School of Allied Health Science and Practice

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