ACL-WALK Study

ACL-WALK Study: Walking and Loading after Knee Injury

Did you know that young, active people who have experienced an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury are at increased risk for breakdown of the cartilage in the knee?
soccer players putting strain on ACL

The purpose of the ACL Walking and Loading after Knee Injury Study (ACL-WALK) is to determine how physical activity and movement patterns during walking contribute to cartilage breakdown in the knee after ACL injury. Fifty percent of young people with an ACL injury will show signs of osteoarthritis within 10 years of injury, but treatments to prevent it do not exist. Our long-term goal is to develop new treatment to implement during rehabilitation to prevent osteoarthritis after knee injury. The study will measure movement patterns after ACL injury and compare them to changes in the knee using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). If you have had a recent ACL injury and would like to be contacted to gather additional information or participate in the study, click here.