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Dr Kate Button 


PhD, Early detection and rehabilitation of functional recovery for acutely injured anterior cruciate ligament deficient individuals using clinical and biomechanical outcomes. Cardiff University, August 2008
MSc Physiotherapy, Cardiff University, January 2001
BSc Hons Physiotherapy, Brighton University, July 1994

Current Role:

I work in a dual role as a Clinical Research Fellow, Cardiff University and Clinical Specialist physiotherapist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. An important part of this post is to develop and integrate research into practice and implement research findings.

Previous research:

The aim of my post doctoral research fellowship was to ‘develop a rehabilitation model for knee injured patients.’
There were 2 phases to this research:

  1. The development of a documentation tool for defining and quantifying the content of rehabilitation.
  2. The development of a mixed effects predictive model to identify who will respond well to rehabilitation and level of recovery.

The aim of my PhD was to evaluate functional recovery following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture from acute injury over the course of rehabilitation.  Insights from this analysis were then used to integrate movement feedback into rehabilitation to investigate if this resulted in improved functional outcome and participation level following this injury.  This study demonstrated that the clinically based video analysis system provided detailed insight at all stages of rehabilitation on the speed, timing and completeness of recovery for functional tasks that are directly relevant to the rehabilitation goals.