Neuroplasticity following anterior cruciate ligament injury
Underlying changes within the nervous system have recently become more evident following an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Therefore, clinicians must also consider interventions to mitigate any concurrent neuroplastic changes along with the well-established biomechanical alterations that occur post-injury. The following article establishes a link between dynamic movement mechanics, neurocognition, and visual processing regarding ACL injury adaptations and injury risk.
The disciplines of neuroscience, biomechanics, motor control and psychology are all considered and incorporated within the proposed framework – which supports integrating neurocognitive and visual-motor approaches with traditional neuromuscular interventions during ACL injury rehabilitation.
Health and medical professionals can utilise the discussed integration of sciences to adopt visual training technologies and techniques to improve upon the currently established neuromuscular training methods. Recognition of such interventions may help to mitigate post-injury movement dysfunction and decrease injury risk when returning to sport.
> From: Grooms et al., J Orthop Sports Phys Ther (2015) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to The Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Click here for the Pubmed summary.