Saving the nation's knees
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Two knee injuries, one PhD
Playing sport, Brooke Howells has had eight broken arms and two ACL knee injuries. Now, she’s researching the effects of knee surgery.
Our researchers have found that in people under 20, one in three who’ve had ACL reconstruction surgery will suffer a second injury within five years. That can have a devastating psychological effect on young people, who naturally expect to be active for much longer.
La Trobe’s Dr Kate Webster is at the forefront of research to reduce ACL injuries. They’re delivering benefits for individuals and sporting communities worldwide by tackling the psychological impact of ACL injury in young people.
To determine the extent of the problem, Dr Webster’s team has developed a ‘Return to Sport after Injury’ scale. The scale helps the team understand the psychology surrounding ACL injury and the willingness of patients to return to sport, measuring confidence and emotional responses such as anxiety.