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Project: Operation ACL: Rehabilitation after anterior cruciate ligament injury

This project aims to improve rehabilitation for individuals who have suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. The project is a collaboration between Kalmar County Hospital and Linnaeus University.

Project information

Project manager
Jesper Augustsson
Other project members
Sofia Ryman Augustsson
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University, Kalmar County Hospital 
3 March 2023–31 Dec 2026
Sport science (Department of Sport Science, Faculty of Social Sciences)

More about the project

The overall objective of the project is to promote improved and scientifically clarified rehabilitation for individuals with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Despite a large amount of research and projects on preventive training for sports-active youth in high-risk sports (such as football, handball, and floorball), anterior cruciate ligament injury is still common today.

When it comes to rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction, there is a knowledge gap – a lack of evidence. Important questions such as how the rehabilitation should be structured, what it should contain, and how it should be evaluated are not yet clear.

The project has started with data collection in the form of a new survey aimed at identifying and explaining – and eventually prevent – the risk factors that cause a person to suffer an ACL injury. Our survey is more detailed and provides more information on how the ACL injury occurred than the surveys currently available in the literature.

The project is part of the research in the Fysisk aktivitet, hälsa och idrottsmedicin research group (page in Swedish).