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Virtual Reality ACL Reconstruction Study

The purpose of this study is to examine how 8-weeks of virtual reality can improve outcomes in patients after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. We are doing this to see if virtual reality can improve physical functioning after ACL reconstruction. *This study is a collaboration with the UNC Sports Medicine Institute*

Age & Gender

  • 14 years ~ 25 years
  • Female

Visit Availability

  • Standard business hours (M-F, 8-5)
  • Extended hours (M-F, early morning or evening)
  • Weekend hours, if needed


North Carolina (Statewide)

What will be asked of you

If you agree to participate in our research study, you will be asked to come to the Psychology of Sport Injury Lab in Fetzer Hall and Woolen Gym on UNC at Chapel Hill's campus for up to 26 sessions over an 8-week period. These sessions will include screening, assessments, and training sessions. The purpose of the initial assessment and screening session (~3 hours) is to explain the study, ensure you meet all inclusion criteria, complete a jumping task using motion capture (movement), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), neurocognitive function (reaction time), and questionnaires about your knee health. You will be asked to wear a small activity tracking device at all times throughout your participation in the study. The rest of the study consists of 24 training sessions, which will last between 0.5-1.0 hours each. The final assessment (~3 hours) will occur after 8 weeks following the first training session and would involve the same series of tests related to your jumping biomechanics, fMRI assessment, and questionnaires.


Up to $300

In-person visits:
Total length of participation:
8 weeks

Looking for Specific Volunteers

Able to participate:

  • history of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
  • 14-25 years old
  • 1-5 years post- ACL reconstruction
  • some amount of knee-related fear symptoms

Not eligible if:

  • No history of ACL reconstruction
  • Younger than 14 or older than 25
  • Less than 1 year post-reconstruction or more than 5 years post-reconsruction

Contact the Team

Visit Location

Contact & Visit Location

Primary Contact

Primary Visit Location

Fetzer Hall (UNC-Chapel Hill)
210 South Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA

Additional Study Information

Principal Investigator

Shelby Baez
Exercise and Sport Science

Study Type

Clinical or Medical

Study Topics

Bones, Joints, Muscles
Injury/Injury Prevention

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