AOSSM Awards $150,000 Return to Play Clinical Research Grant

Dr. Kristin Archer was selected by the AOSSM Research Committee as the winner of the $150,000 Return to Play Clinical Research Grant for her study “Improving ACL Reconstruction Return to Play Outcomes through Psychologically Informed Rehabilitation.” This multi-site randomized controlled trial conducted at Vanderbilt University and Cleveland Clinic will utilize Psychologically Informed Physical Therapy (PIPT) to investigate the psychological variables that prevent the athlete’s Return to Play. This trial has the potential to redefine the transdisciplinary model of health care by addressing how physical therapists interact with patients recovering from ACL reconstruction, as well as reinforcing the importance of modifiable psychosocial factors to those patients. The results of this study will ultimately provide insights on why patients without significant deficits in knee stability and strength after a successful surgical reconstruction do not return to their preinjury level of sport.

Details on an additional return to play grant will be coming out later this summer. For more information contact Kevin Boyer, Director of Research at