Associate Professor Sarah Love is a physiotherapist with over 25years of clinical experience in paediatric neurological rehabilitation services. She is the manager of Outpatient Physiotherapy Services at Princess Margaret Hospital where she has considerable experience teaching undergraduate and post graduate physiotherapy students in this clinical environment. Her PhD examined spasticity management, including BoNT, in very young children. Her primary research interests include early intervention, the use of BoNT-A in infants and children, gait analysis, continence in children with neurological conditions. She has experience in establishing, providing, supervising and reviewing undergraduate and postgraduate education in physiotherapy and in inter-professional learning programs in Australia and internationally
Following completion of her doctoral studies, she joined the academic staff at the Centre for Musculoskeletal Studies, School of Surgery at UWA, where she co-ordinates postgraduate programmes for physiotherapists with a special interest in the management of children with neurological disorders (Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation (Paediatrics) and Master of Neurological Rehabilitation (Paediatrics).
She was an lead author of consensus statements on the use of botulinum toxin in lower limb spasticity involving children, to be published in the European Journal of Neurology.
Gibson N, Graham HK, Love S. 2007 Botulinum toxin A in the management of focal muscle overactivity in children with cerebral palsy. Disability & Rehabilitation. 29(23):1813-22.
Love SC, Valentine JP, Blair EM, Price CJ, Cole JH, Chauvel PJ. 2001 The effect of botulinum toxin type A on the functional ability of the child with spastic hemiplegia a randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Neurology Suppl 5:50-8.
Parrott J, Boyd RN, Dobson F, Lancaster A, Love S, Oates J, Wolfe R, Nattrass GR, Graham HK. 2002 Hip displacement in spastic cerebral palsy: repeatability of radiologic measurement. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 22(5):660-7
Boyd RN, Dobson F, Parrott J, Love S, Oates J, Larson A, Burchall G, Chondros P, Carlin J, Nattrass G, Graham HK. 2001 The effect of botulinum toxin type A and a variable hip abduction orthosis on gross motor function: a randomized controlled trial.European Journal of Neurology 8; Suppl 5:109-19.
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