Bø graduated as a physiotherapist in 1978 and with a master in exercise science from NSSS in 1984 and her PhD (doctor of science) in 1990 on pelvic floor muscle training. She was appointed fulltime academic professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in 1997. Bø was the first vice president of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health, WCPT 1999-2007 and was vice president of the Norwegian Council for Physical Activity for 8 years, giving advice to the Minister on Health on physical activity. She was vice president of Sport Physiotherapy, the Norwegian Physiotherapy Association 2003-2007, elected Vice Rector of the NSSS 1998-2001 and Rector 2013-2017. She is appointed member of Science Europe from the Norwegian Research Council 2013-. Bø has published > 260 scientific papers and given > 270 invited international keynote presentations. One of her RCTs was awarded among 15 top trials of >25.000 studies in the PEDro database in 2014. In 2015 she was awarded the Mildred Elson Award by the WCPT, and in 2016 she was awarded the International Continence Society Lifelong Achievement Award. She is appointed an honorary lifelong member of the Norwegian and the Brazilian Physiotherapy Associations' Women's Health Groups.