March Featured Author

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Kate E. Webster PhD
Associate Professor, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Director, Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Research Focus Area
From the March issue: Return-to-Sport Outcomes After Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Surgery
Podcast: Listen to Dr. Webster discuss her article in the March issue.

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Dr. Kate Webster is an Associate Professor in the College of Science, Health and Engineering and Director of the Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Research Focus Area at La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia. She obtained a Science degree with Honors from the University of Melbourne and received her PhD in 2000. She has received several awards for her research and has over 120 scientific publications.

Dr. Webster’s primary area of research interest is anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction.  Her research as it relates to the ACL falls broadly within three categories: 1) knee biomechanics following ACL reconstruction 2) surgical techniques and outcomes and 3) return to sport issues, with a focus on the psychological impact of returning to sport participation. Her current research is also focused on the high ACL re-injury rates in younger athletes and return to sport criteria. She was the lead developer of the ACL-Return to Sport after Injury scale and is the current recipient of the prestigious ACL Study Group traveling scientist award.

Dr. Webster also teaches evidence based practice, supervises higher degree research students and is a research mentor for an orthopaedic fellowship program. Many of her students have received awards for their research projects including the top university research prizes as well as national sports medicine awards.

Selected Other Published Work in AJSM

Feller JA, Webster KE. (2003) A randomized comparison of patellar tendon and hamstring tendon anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 31: 564-573.

Webster KE, Wittwer JE, O’Brien J, Feller JA. (2005) Gait patterns following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction are related to graft type. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 33:247-254.

Webster KE, Chiu JJ, Feller JA. (2005) Impact of measurement error in the analysis of bone tunnel enlargement after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 33, 1680-1687.

Ardern C, Webster KE, Taylor NF, Feller JA. (2011) Return to the pre-injury level of competitive sport following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery: Two-thirds of patients have not returned by 12 months following surgery. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 39(3):538-43.

Ardern CL, Taylor NT, Feller JA, Webster KE. (2012) Return to sport outcomes at 2 to 7 years following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 40(1):41-8.

Ardern CL, Taylor NF, Feller JA, Whitehead TS, Webster KE. (2013) Psychological responses matter when it comes to returning to the pre- injury level of sport after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery. Am J Sports Medicine 41(7) 1549-1558.

Webster KE, Feller JA, Leigh W, Richmond A. (2014) Younger patients are at increased risk for graft rupture and contralateral injury following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 42(3):641-7

Ardern CL, Taylor NF, Feller JA, Whitehead TS, Webster KE (2015) Sports participation 2 years after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in athletes who had not returned to sport at 1 year. A prospective follow-up of physical function and psychological factors in 122 athletes. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 43(4):848-56

Webster KE, Feller JA, Hartnett N, Leigh W, Richmond AK. (2016) Comparison of patellar tendon and hamstring tendon anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: 15 year follow up of a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 44(1):83-90

Anand B, Feller JA, Richmond AK, Webster KE. Return to Sport Outcomes After Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Surgery. American Journal of Sports Medicine doi: 10.1177/0363546515618381

Wiggins A, Grandhi RK, Schneider D, Stanfield D, Webster KE, Myer GD. Risk of Secondary Injury in Younger Athletes following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Sports Medicine. doi: 10.1177/0363546515621554

 

 

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