The ISEH Clinical Director Professor Fares Haddad is leading a team working as part of a major research project by the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis, an international collaboration of world-leading experts in the fields of sport, medicine and science that aims to improve the understanding of the relationship between exercise, sport and osteoarthritis.
The Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis is led by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and is a consortium of seven Universities, including the University of Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton, Bath, Loughborough, Leeds and University College London. The Centre is funded by medical research charity Arthritis Research UK with matched funding from the above institutions.
The aim of the research programme is to identify the factors that can influence the later development of osteoarthritis, both within the injuries themselves and their subsequent treatment. The study is focusing mainly on the knee and the hip so is developing a number of strategies to both study the natural history of knee injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the meniscus, and to understand the effects of interventions such as meniscal repair and replacement, and different forms of ACL reconstruction, on both medium-term outcomes and the potential later development of osteoarthritis. The hope is to identify interventions that prevent osteoarthritis occurring after knee or hip injury.