SUPER rehabilitation Randomised Controlled Trial for young people with old knees

Anterior cruciate ligament ruptures are some of the most common and serious sporting injuries. ACL ruptures are common in field sports such as football and soccer, and are also more frequent in women. In Australia most people undergo an ACL reconstruction surgery after such an injury, however despite this develop post-traumatic osteoarthritis and associated future pain and loss of function.

In some people an ACL rupture is part of a combined injury (where other structures in the knee are also affected, such as the meniscus or joint cartilage). These people are at the highest risk of future knee pain and joint deterioration – an important target for intervention now before symptoms develop as they get older. Using high quality exercise therapy and education has the potential to improve outcomes and reduce future disease burden for people with combined ACL injuries. This NHMRC funded randomised controlled trial will be conducted with 3, 6, 12 and 24 month follow up.


To compare the efficaccy of a SUpervised exercise therapy and Patient Education Rehabilitation program to minimal intervention (Control) in people at high risk of post-traumatic OA after ACL reconstruction.

Inclusion criteria:

  • 18-40 years old
  • 9-24 months after ACLR surgery

Chief Investigator: Kay Crossley

Ethics Approval: not yet finalised