SPRI Biomotion Research Study - Optimization of Return-To-Duty Protocols After Knee Injury

SPRI Biomotion Research Study - Optimization of Return-To-Duty Protocols After Knee Injury

Principal Investigators: Matthew Provencher, M.D. and Scott Tashman, Ph.D.

This research study is being conducted at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) Biomotion Laboratory, Howard Head Sports Medicine, and outdoor athletic facilities at Ford Park in Vail, Colorado. This study is supported by The United States Department of Defense: Office of Naval Research. The purpose of this study is to review movement differences between healthy volunteers and people who have had a knee injury and undergone ACL-Reconstruction (ACL-R) surgery.

Testing will be outdoors and will involve activities like jumping and running on various terrain. For the duration of testing, participants will wear wearable sensors that will track their movement patterns and muscle activity. Video will be recorded.

Eligibility Criteria for Healthy Volunteers:
  • Male or female, age 16-50 years
  • Height between 152-195cm (5’0”-6’4”) and weight between 45-102kg (100-225lb)
  • Currently participating in at least 2.5hrs of moderate-intensity exercise per week
  • No persistent pain or injury in any joint, no musculoskeletal pain (bone, joint, or muscle) with OR without activity
  • No prior surgery on either leg or the spine
  • No prior lower extremity joint injury (hip, knee, or ankle) that kept you from normal activity for more than 2 weeks
  • No prior surgery on either leg or the spine
  • No pregnant women
  • No diagnosis of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid conditions, cancers, or other conditions which may affect musculoskeletal health • No allergy or sensitivity to latex

Healthy volunteers who would like more information about the study can contact the SPRI Biomotion Team at biomotion@sprivail.org.

ACL Reconstruction Patients:
  • If you have had an ACL-R surgery by a Steadman Clinic surgeon and were cleared to return to activity 6-12 months after surgery, please reach out to your physician to see if you qualify for this study.
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