Return to sport after ACL reconstruction assessment
Injured athletes are under pressure to return to competition as soon as possible. Sports medicine professionals need adequate indicators of safe return to activity, as there is an unacceptably high reinjury rate of reconstructed ACLs.
To facilitate the decision regarding a patient's return to sport, a standardized and easy-to-use test battery enabling an objective evaluation of knee function was developed.
The test battery consisted of seven functional tests: the two-leg stability test, one-leg stability test , two-leg countermovement jump , one-leg CMJ , plyometric jumps, speedy test and quick feet test.
Each test was found to be reliable and simple to perform. The better performance of the non-dominant leg in stability tasks must be considered when interpreting side-to-side differences.Test results from an ACL-reconstructed patient should be at least classified as a functionally average outcome to support a safe return to sports.
The study shows normative data from seven functional performance tests, thereby aiding in the return-to-sport decision making by identifying functional deficits of the knee in clinical work. All tests were simple to administer as quick onfield tests tand did not require sophisticated and expensive devices simplifies testing during the rehabilitation period.
> From: Hildebrandt et al., Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc (2015) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to Springer International Publishing AG. Click here for the Pubmed summary.