Helle Algren Brøgger is a physiotherapist by background and graduated from the Aarhus School of Physiotherapy in 1999. In the spring of 2011 she completed her Masters degree in sports and health, specialising in sportsphysiology, at University of Southern Denmark in Odense.
Helle has more than 15 years of experience working with treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal diseases as a sportsphysiotherapist in professional elite soccer and icehockey teams, private physiotherapy practices and the outpatient clinic at Hvidovre Hospital.
As of January 2007 she has been employed at the Institute of Health Education, University College South, Esbjerg-Haderslev teaching best-practice and scientific evidence based knowledge, supervising research- and development projects at bachelor and other levels of education, managing, developing and coordinating the bachelor programme as well as partaking in implementing academic regulations and development of a future research programme in health promotion.
Helle has been affiliated with the Spine Centre of Southern Denmark at Hospital Lillebælt, Middelfart since late October 2015 – initially as a research assistant, currently as a PhD student. During this time she has been investigating clinical indicators of surgery in patients referred from the medical department for surgical assessment at the Spine Centre of Southern Denmark, has been involved in designing and setting up a randomised trial on outcome of surgery compared to an intensive, multidisciplinary rehabilitation programme, and has been responsible for developing and pilot testing the above mentioned rehabilitation programme in collaboration with The Danish Rheumatism Associations rehabilitation centre Sano in Middelfart. She has been affiliated with the Parker Institute as of late December 2016.
Helle has been enrolled as a PhD student at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark since October 1st 2016, and is conducting her PhD study at the Spine Centre of Southern Denmark. Her PhD thesis is aimed at comparing surgery to non-surgical management of lumbar spinal stenosis, in a prospective cohort study focusing on prognostic factors of importance to clinical outcome. Musculoskeletal Statistics Unit at the Parker Institute are mentoring Helle’s PhD study, introducing her to clinical epidemiology, with a special focus on designing and analysing (prospective) prognostic factor research.