International Journal of Exercise Science 11(1): 817-826, 2018.The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) serves as a vital stabilizer for the human knee, yet it is one of the most injured ligaments in the body. Function of the knee is restored through reconstruction and physical therapy, but long term functional deficits persist in some individuals. To better understand the influence of post rehabilitation outcomes on dynamic balance performance, this study evaluated bilateral differences in strength and stability in 11 participants who have rehabilitated from an ACL reconstruction or repair. The Y-Balance Test and an isokinetic strength assessment using the Biodex dynamometer were used to measure dynamic knee stability and strength, respectively. No significant differences were found in the strength test measurements. However, side to side differences in Y-Balance Test composite score (-2.8±3.1%, p = 0.014), maximal anterior reach (-2.8±2.4 cm, p = 0.01), and posterolateral reach (-2.75±3.5 cm, p = 0.02) were found to be significantly impaired in participants’ involved limbs compared to the uninvolved limbs.
Cervenka, Jeffrey J.; Decker, Meredith; Ricard, Mark D.; Beaty, Joshua; and Ruhde, Logan
"Strength and Stability Analysis of Rehabilitated Anterior Cruciate Ligament Individuals,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 11
1, Pages 817 - 826.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol11/iss1/10