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Researchers at The Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) are looking for volunteers to undergo a series of strength and movement assessment tests to help them have a greater understanding of patient function and outcomes in people with Osteoarthritis or ACL injuries who have undergone surgery and / or rehabilitation.

This research is sponsored by VALD Health and by taking part in this study, volunteers will assist in the development of protocols to enhance rehabilitation for others in the future.

They are looking for male and female volunteers who are over 18 years of age who meet any of the below criteria:

•    who have Osteoarthritis 

•    who have an ACL injury (within the first 12 months)

•    who do not have a current injury, e.g., Osteoarthritis of the knee or hip or a current or previous ACL injury / reconstruction
 

The role of volunteers – what happens on the day:

Volunteers will be required to attend a 1-hour appointment with a qualified physiotherapist where you will be asked some questions to evaluate how you feel during everyday tasks before undergoing some assessment tests.

The testing will take place at the gym located within our sport and exercise medicine facility at 170 Tottenham Court Road, Central London W1T 7HA. The tests will involve basic movements such as squatting, balancing and jumping, as well as a number of strength tests - it is advisable to wear clothing you would be comfortable exercising in.

Key information for volunteers:

Volunteers will have access to their assessment data, and our team will provide them a with a report detailing information/guidance which can be used to tailor your training and make it individualised to your needs. A summary of the report can also be provided on request once the analysis for this project has been carried out.

The aims of the project:

•    Provide data to determine what is normal for strength and movement tests in patients diagnosed with ACL injury or Osteoarthritis
•    Monitor patients before, and after surgery / or during rehabilitation only if they do not have surgery to provide clinically relevant targets for patients
•    Examine if changes in strength and movement characteristics are associated with changes in pain and how patients rate their function during a range of activities of daily living
•    Investigate if any of the tests used are associated with successful patient outcomes (better long-term health, reduced risk of re-injury) 
 
Take part:

If you would like to volunteer for the control group, please contact, Gus Morrison by emailing gus.morrison@ucl.ac.uk.