Kate E. Webster, PhD (anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction)

La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; Exercise and Rehabilitation Research Focus Area, Melbourne, Australia

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 Honours from the University of Melbourne and received her PhD in 2000.

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 focussed 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 a recipient of the prestigious ACL Study Group traveling scientist award. She has received several national and international awards for her research and has over 125 scientific publications.

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.

Terms of Appointment: June 2016 - June 2018; July 2018 - June 2020