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Research opportunities:


Currently recruiting: PSU Kinesiology Department is recruiting women over 18 years old, with and without pelvic floor symptoms (leakage, prolapse/organ heaviness) for a study investigating how the pelvic floor muscles work during speaking tasks to improve treatment of pelvic floor problems. Participation will consist of one visit to Noll Lab (PSU University Park campus) for approximately 1 hour and will include non-invasive ultrasounds (on lower abdomen and surface of labia/perineum). Participants will be compensated a $25 Amazon gift card.


Please contact Aliza Rudavsky to inquire:


  • Rudavsky, A; Hickox, L; Frame, M; Philtron, D; Massery, M. "Certain Voicing Tasks Improve Balance in Postpartum Women Compared With Nulliparous Women." Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy: April 20, 2022 - Volume - Issue - 10.1097/JWH.0000000000000242 

  • Rudavsky A, Turner T. Novel insight into the coordination between pelvic floor muscles and the glottis through ultrasound imaging: a pilot study. Int Urogynecol J. 2020 Aug 26. doi: 10.1007/s00192-020-04461-8. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32845397.

  • Rudavsky A, Cook JL, Docking S. Proximal patellar tendon pathology can develop during adolescence in young ballet dancers—A 2‐year longitudinal study. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2018;28:2035–2041.  

  • Rudavsky A, Cook J, Docking S. Quantifying proximal patellar tendon changes during adolescence in elite ballet dancers, a 2‐year study. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2018;00:1–6.  

  • Hannington, M., E. Rio, D. Padua, L. Stanley, D. Berkoff, S. Edwards, A. Rudavsky, J. Cook, and S. Docking. "Prevalence and impact of patellar tendinopathy on elite basketball athletes: Quantifying injury beyond the time-loss definition." Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 20 (2017): 17.

  • Rudavsky A, Cook J, Magnusson S.P, Kjaer M, & S., D. (2017). Characterising the proximal patellar tendon attachment and its relationship to skeletal maturity in adolescent ballet dancers. Muscle, Ligaments and Tendons Journal, 7(2), 306-314. 

  • Mathijs van Ark,, Sean Docking, Inge van den Akker-Scheek, Aliza Rudavsky, Ebonie Rio, Johannes Zwerver, Jill Cook. “Does the adolescent patellar tendon respond to five days of cumulative load during a volleyball tournament?” Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports 26.2 (2016): 189-196.  

  • Aliza Rudavsky and Jill Cook. “Physiotherapy management of patellar tendinopathy (jumper’s knee)” Journal of Physiotherapy 60 (2014): 122–129. 

  • Aliza Rudavsky and Jill Cook. “Managing Tendinopathy in dancers and dance students.” (International Association of Dance Medicine and Science resource paper) 


  • Foundation 4 Physical Therapy Research: Pelvic Health Research grant. “Concurrent Validity of Novel Transabdominal Pelvic Floor Ultrasound during Glottis Tasks.” Timeline: 2020-2022, Role: PI 

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