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Longer-term quality of life following ACL injury and reconstruction
  1. Stephanie R Filbay
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stephanie R Filbay, Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise & Osteoarthritis, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS), University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LD, UK; stephanie.filbay{at}

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What did I do?

My PhD aimed to generate a detailed picture of longer-term quality of life (QOL) following ACL injury and reconstruction.1 I wanted to summarise everything that was known on the topic before exploring QOL in greater detail and identifying factors related to poor QOL 5–20 years after ACL reconstruction. I also wanted to speak with people who have had an ACL reconstruction to find out from their perspective, how ACL injury has impacted their QOL and whether it continues to do so 5–20 years after ACL reconstruction.

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Stephanie receiving her PhD at The University of Queensland, December 2016

Why did I do it?

When I first ruptured my ACL as a 17-year-old, I (like a majority of people who rupture their ACL) expected to return to sport with minimal difficulties after completing rehabilitation. What I now know is that return-to-sport rates are low, re-injury …

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  • Contributors SRF wrote this document in its entirety.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.