Dr Kate E.

Dr Kate E. Webster


Associate Professor

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Allied Health

Melbourne (Bundoora)


BSc(Hons)UMelb, PhD UMelb



Membership of professional associations

Sports Medicine Australia; American College of Sports Medicine, European Society of Sports Trauma, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy, Orthopaedic Research Society

Brief profile

Associate Professor Webster is the Director of the Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Research Focus Area. Her research interests cover a range of topics pertaining to knee orthopaedics, including surgical techniques and outcomes, biomechanical changes after knee surgery and return to sport issues, with a focus on the psychological impact of returning to sport participation. She was the lead developer of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Return to Sport after Injury (ACL-RSI) scale. Kate also has a general interest in gait and mobility including the effects of diseases such as osteoarthritis and Alzheimer’s disease on balance and gait. Kate supervisors Honours, Masters, Professional Doctorate and PhD research students.



Research interests

Gait and balance

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Joint Orthopaedics

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Joint Rehabilitation

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Recent publications

Recent publications (2016-2017)

1. Webster KE, Feller JA, Hartnett N, Leigh W, Richmond AK. (2016) Comparison of patellar tendon and hamstring tendon anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: 15 year follow up of a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 44(1):83-90

2. Anand B, Feller JA, Richmond AK, Webster KE. (2016) Return to Sport Outcomes After Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Surgery. American Journal of Sports Medicine 44(3) 580-4

3. Schache M, McClelland JA, Webster KE. (2016) Reliability of measuring hip abductor strength following total knee arthroplasty using a hand-held dynamometer. Disability and Rehabilitation. 38(6) 597-600

4. Wiggins A, Grandhi RK, Schneider D, Stanfield D, Webster KE, Myer GD. Risk of Secondary Injury in Younger Athletes following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016 44(7):1861-76

5. Ardern CA, Kvist J, Webster KE. (2016) Psychological aspects of ACL injuries. Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine. 24(1) 77-83

6. Ardern CL, Österberg A, Sonesson S, Gauffin H, Webster KE, Kvist J. Satisfaction with knee function following primary anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is associated with self-efficacy, quality of life and returning to the pre-injury physical activity. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery 2016 32(8):1631-1638

7. Stanley JC, Robinson KG, Devitt BM, Richmond AK, Webster KE, Whitehead TS, Feller JA. Computer assisted alignment of opening wedge high tibial osteotomy provides limited improvement of radiographic outcomes compared to fluoroscopic alignment. Knee 2016 23(2):289-94

8. Wahid  F, Begg R, McClelland JA, Webster KE, Halgamuge S, Ackland DC. A multiple regression normalization approach to evaluation of gait in total knee arthroplasty patients. Clinical Biomechanics 2016 32:92-101

9. Webster KE, Feller JA. Comparison of the short form-12 (SF-12) health status questionnaire with the SF-36 in patients with knee osteoarthritis who have replacement surgery. Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy. 2016 24(8):2620-26

10. Kaur M, Cury Ribeiro D, Theis J, Webster KE, Sole G. Movement patterns of the knee during gait following ACL reconstruction: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Medicine. 2016 46(12):1869-1895

11. Webster KE, Feller JA. Exploring the high re-injury rate in younger patients undergoing anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Am J Sports Med. 2016 44(11):2827-2832

12. Schneider DK, Grandhi RK, Bansal P, Kuntz GE, Webster KE, Logan K, Barber Foss KD, Myer GD. Current state of concussion prevention strategies: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective, controlled studies. British Journal of Sports Medicine. Published online June 2016. doi/10.1136/bjsports-2015-095645

13. Schache M, McClelland JA, Webster KE.  Does the addition of hip strengthening exercises improve outcomes following total knee arthroplasty? A study protocol for a randomized trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. June 2016 17:259

14. Ruehland WR, Rochford PD, Pierce RJ, Webster KE, Trinder JA, Jordan AS, O’Donoghue FJ. Sensory detection of threshold intensity resistive loads in severe obstructive sleep apnoea. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology. 2017 236:29-41

15. Clark RA, Bell SW, Feller JA, Whitehead TS, Webster KE. Standing balance and inter-limb balance asymmetry at one year post primary anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: Sex differences in a cohort study of 414 patients. Gait and Posture. 2016 52:318-324

16. Devitt BM, Bell SW, Webster KE, Feller JA, Whitehead TS. Surgical Treatments of Cartilage Defects of the Knee: Systematic Review of Randomised Controlled Trials. The Knee.  June 2017 24(3):508-517

17. Giles L, Webster KE, McClelland JA, Cook J. Quadriceps Strengthening With and Without Blood-Flow Restriction in the Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain. A Double Blind Randomised Trial. British Journal of Sports Medicine. Published online 12 May 2017 doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096329

18. Lai C, Ardern CL, Feller JA, Webster KE. Eighty-three percent of elite athletes return to pre-injury sport after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a systematic review with meta-analysis of return to sport rates, graft rupture rates and performance outcomes. Br J Sports Med. Published online 23 Feb 2017. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096836

19. Wallis J, Webster KE, Levinger P, Fong C, P Singh, Taylor NF. A walking program for people with severe knee osteoarthritis did not reduce pain but may have benefits for cardiovascular health: a phase II randomised controlled trial. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2016 Dec pii: S1063-4584(16)30486-1

20. McClelland JA, Ramteke A, Feller JA, Webster KE. Total knee arthroplasty with computer-assisted navigation more closely resembles normal knee biomechanics than conventional surgery. The Knee. June 2017. 24(3):651-656

21. Shoebridge A, Shields N, Webster KE. Minding the body: An interdisciplinary theory of optimal posture for musicians. Psychology of Music. Feb 2017 doi.org/10.1177/0305735617691593

22. Devitt BM, Bouguennec N, Barfold KW, Porter T, Webster KE, Feller JA. Combined anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and lateral extra-articular tenodesis does not result in an increased rate of osteoarthritis: a systematic review and best evidence synthesis. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. April 2017, 25(4): 1149-1160

23. Webster KE, Feller JA, Whitehead TS, Myer GD, Merory PB. Return to sport in the younger patient with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017 Apr 25;5(4)

24. McClelland JA, Feller JA, Menz HB, Webster KE. Patients with total knee arthroplasty do not use all of their available range of knee flexion during functional activities. Clinical Biomechanics. 2017 Mar; 43:74-78

25. Samuelson B, Webster KE, Johnson N, Hewett TE, Krych A. Hamstring Autograft versus Patellar Tendon Autograft for ACL Reconstruction: Is There a Difference in Graft Failure Rate ? A Meta-Analysis of 47,613 Patients. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 2017 Feb 15. doi: 10.1007/s11999-017-5278-9

26. Wang W, Ackland D, McClelland J, Webster K, Halgamuge S. Assessment of gait characteristics in total knee arthroplasty patients using a hierarchical partial least squares method. Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. 2017 Mar 30. doi: 10.1109/JBHI.2017.2689070