AFL TAS Knee - A pilot study to examine knees in Australian Rules Football players

Australian Rules Football is a popular sport in Australia. As it is a collision sport the injury rates are among the highest for any sport played in Australia. Knee injuries are one of the most common and serious injuries players experience and are a well-established risk factor for the development of knee osteoarthritis.

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) this study aims to examine knee joint health in AFL players. We are currently recruiting 74 Tasmanian state football players. Players will be required to have a knee MRI scan of both knees at the start and end of the season. They will also be required to fill out questionnaires to assess knee pain, function and symptoms, history of knee injuries and surgery, history of time playing football and player load. Anthropometrics and leg strength will be measured.

If you are interested in this study or require further information please contact Dr Dawn Aitken 6226 7769.

Research Groups

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Team Leaders

  • Dr Dawn Aitken
  • Professor Tania Winzenberg

Team Members

  • Professor Graeme Jones
  • Dr Laura Laslett
  • Kathy Buttigieg
  • Elizabeth Reid

External Collaborators

  • Dr David Humphries
  • Mr Nathan Pitchford