St Kilda coach Peta Searle has highlighted the heavy on and off-field cost of serious knee injuries for semi-professional AFLW players after Saint Tarni White became the 11th player this season to go down with a suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament. The AFL has undertaken several initiatives in recent years to address this problem, working…read more
The AFL is keen to explore whether the female menstrual cycle is linked to ACL injuries. La Trobe University professor Kay Crossley — a physiotherapist and researcher with expertise in knee injuries — said she was hoping to conduct more in-depth research. See the The Australian story here, including remarks from Professor Kay Crossley or…read more
LASEM Research Fellow, Dr Adam Culvenor was consulted on the link between knee injury and arthritis risk. See the article here.
Women playing in the AFLW competition are at a high risk of knee injuries. In the first season of the AFLW eight players tore their anterior cruciate ligament. But injury is preventable. Professor Crossley’s team rolled out Prep to Play in 2019, a coach-led program designed to prevent injury . See related press here: 2019…read more
Leading La Trobe University Sports and Exercise Medicine researcher, Professor Kay Crossley, has described as alarmingly high the serious knee injury rates among women playing in the AFLW. La Trobe’s Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre is collaborating with the AFL to develop a new injury risk-reduction program specifically for the AFLW. This will be…read more
Running can be a fantastic way to keep fit. It’s low cost, doesn’t require much specialist equipment, and can be done pretty much anywhere. “But!” I hear you yelp. “What about my knees?” Read the full story from ABC’s Tegan Taylor (featuring advice from Dr Christian Barton) at ABC News.
Dr Christian Barton funding success: MRFF funds new research to evaluate effectiveness of physiotherapy care for knee osteoarthritis The GLA:D Australia team and lead researcher Dr Christian Barton are pleased to announce nearly $1.7million funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and Australia Physiotherapy Association (APA) to investigate if high value non-surgical care, including…read more
On offer is a Doctoral research scholarship to undertake research aimed at improving outcomes following knee injury and reconstruction. This prestigious scholarship, established by La Trobe University, will be awarded to an outstanding applicant who is interested in exploring the effect of exercise-therapy on optimising knee symptoms and quality of life and preventing osteoarthritis after…read more
“When I was told that I couldn’t run, I lost a stress outlet and didn’t enjoy life.” – Jane Fitzgerald, Osteoarthritis patient Osteoarthritis (OA) is often seen as a barrier preventing an athlete from being able to participate in exercise such as running. Recent studies have shown that not only is this a common misconception,…read more
By Adam Culvenor, PT, PhD Many people with knee pain have an MRI scan to help confirm the exact cause of pain. But how do we really know that the ‘tear’ or ‘damage’ found on an MRI is the cause of all that pain? Truth is, often it’s difficult to know. This is partly because…read more