OPTIMISING OUTCOMES FOLLOWING ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT (ACL) RECONSTRUCTION
SUPER KNEE

Welcome to SUPER KNEE

The aim of this research is to investigate the changes in knee function, activity level, quality of life and knee cartilage after ACL reconstruction. The research also aims to investigate the effect of different exercise programs on these changes. This information will help to improve patient care and prevent arthritis.

This project is funded by the Australian Government and has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee.

*Please note that even if you are up to 3 YEARS after your ACL reconstruction you may still be eligible for this trial*

You may be eligible if:

  • You were 18-40 years at the time of your ACL surgery
  • You are less than 3 years following your ACL surgery

If you think you fit these criteria then please contact us via the registration link so that we can chat to make sure you would be eligible.

Why should I participate?

Our goal is to get a better outcome for those who have had an ACL reconstruction and try to:

  • Improve your function in everyday life
  • Reduce your pain and discomfort
  • Reduce your chance of reinjury
  • Increase your physical activity and get you back playing the sports you love
  • Prevent osteoarthritis developing in your knee
  • Get you back into peak physical condition

What will I be asked to do?

Your participation in this research involves a free comprehensive physiotherapy knee assessment (stability, strength, function, biomechanics) at La Trobe University, Bundoora and a free knee MRI. Following this assessment, you will be randomly allocated (50:50 chance) to one of two different exercise and activity monitoring programs to assess if they can reduce any remaining discomfort, improve your function, maximise your quality of life, and prevent early arthritis.. Both involve progressive muscle strengthening exercises over 4-months, guided by specialised physiotherapists and will be provided at no cost to you. You will then be reassessed at 4-months and 12-months later to assess any changes over time. You will be provided with a free Garmin Vivofit 4® to track physical activity and your travel costs to attend the assessments will be reimbursed.

How can I find out more?

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Tom West at 0484 542 695 or at aclstudy@latrobe.edu.au

PROJECT GROUP:

La Trobe Sports and Exercise Medicine Research Centre (LASEM)