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Physical activity and other health-related outcomes after knee injury in youth and young adults (PhD Academy Award)
  1. Allison M Ezzat1,2
  1. 1 School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  2. 2 Centre for Health Service and Policy Research, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Allison M Ezzat, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver V6T 1Z3, British Columbia, Canada; allison.ezzat{at}

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What did I do?

The overarching aim of my PhD dissertation was to understand attitudes and beliefs about physical activity (PA), examine key health outcomes and objectively examine PA in youth and young adults (hereafter referred to as youth). I examined PA (actigraphy) and other physical and psychological health outcomes in the time period after recovery from acute knee injury and before a diagnosis of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) in individuals who had sustained a previous intra-articular knee injury.

Why did I do it?

Traumatic knee injuries are among the most common sport-related injuries sustained by youth and are associated with significant societal and personal burden, including increased risk of future PTOA.1 Much research has focused on return to sport (RTS) after knee injury.2 3 However, despite the key role of PA in prevention of disease, disability and death, there is a paucity of knowledge surrounding PA participation in youth after …

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  • Contributors This manuscript was written by AME with contributions from CE and MB.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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