Journal article

Longitudinal Effect of Vigorous Physical Activity on Patella Cartilage Morphology in People Without Clinical Knee Disease

Andrew J Teichtahl, Anita Wluka, Andrew Forbes, Yuanyuan Wang, Dallas R English, Graham G Giles, Flavia M Cicuttini



OBJECTIVE: There are few data concerning possible long-term effects of physical activity on cartilage change in the patellofemoral compartment. We examined the effect of participation in vigorous physical activity on changes to patella cartilage over 2 years. METHODS: A total of 297 healthy adults ages 50-79 years with no history of knee injury or symptoms were recruited from an existing study. Physical activity data were obtained by questionnaire at baseline (2003-2004). Patella cartilage volume and defects were determined by magnetic resonance imaging at baseline (2003-2004) and followup (2006-2007). RESULTS: Participation in vigorous physical activity at baseline was associated with a red..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health (Australia)

Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by a program grant (209057) and a project grant (334150) from the National Health and Medical Research Council, and by infrastructure provided by The Cancer Council Victoria. The Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study recruitment was supported by VicHealth and The Cancer Council Victoria. Drs. Wluka and Wang are recipients of National Health and Medical Research Council Public Health (Australia) Fellowships (317840 and 465142, respectively).