ACL Tear Study Explores the Use of Knee Sleeve to Improve Recovery

Research Center: Otago University, School of Physiotherapy
Location: 325 Great King St, Dunedin
Lead Doctor: Dr. Gisela Sole
IRB Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by the Central Health and Disability Ethics Committee (HDEC)

Background

ACL tears are one of the most debilitating sports injuries. Besides requiring up to one year or more away from sports, there is a high chance of re-injury or long term symptoms. These symptoms include muscle weakness and loss of confidence in the knee, which in turn increases the risk of osteoarthritis.

This study explores whether wearing a knee sleeve for more than one hour per day can improve thigh muscle strength, confidence in the knee and assist people in returning to their desired sports and/or work activities.

This study seeks men and women who have had ACL reconstruction of the knee between 6 months to 5 years ago who have not fully recovered from the injury, or still experience long term symptoms. Participants are required to attend 2 study visits at the research site over a 6-week period and will be compensated up to $200 for participating in this study.

Why Participate? 

  • You may experience an improvement in thigh muscle strength and increase confidence in the knee.
  • You may gradually be able to return to your desired sports/work activities¬†
  • You will get an assessment of your thigh muscle strength for free.
  • You will be compensated up to $200 for participating in this study.
  • You will be helping to advance medical research.

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you may withdraw at any time.
  • Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by the law.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your knee health as it relates to the study.

Who Can Participate?

  • Men and women aged 18-40 who have had ACL reconstruction of the knee between 6 months to 5 years ago who have not fully recovered from the injury, or still experience long term symptoms.
  • Able to attend 2 study visits at the research site over approximately 6 weeks.

What Next?

  1. Click the link below to enter your contact details and answer some eligibility questions.
  2. The research centre will then contact you by phone to discuss the trial and answer your questions.
Click Here to Enter Your Contact Details and Be Contacted by Phone About the Trial