The Rohman et al study had suggested a series or battery of tests, not just a single test, should be considered when assessing an athlete for RTPlay following ACLR. During our last discussion, this also raised the question that if we have a battery of tests, what is the likelihood that the athlete will pass this whole battery?
The purpose of a study by Toole et al J Orth Sport Phy Ther 2017 was to determine if athletes who met the recommended cutoffs for sports participation post op ACLR were able maintain the same level of sports participation when compared to those who did not meet the criteria.
115 young athletes (88 female, 27 male, mean age 17.2 y/o) were included in the study. Each subject filled out an IKDC (International Knee Documentation Committee) subjective knee evaluation form and went through the following battery of tests:
- Quadricep and hamstring testing - isokinetic test via Biodex test
- Single leg hop for distance
- Triple hop for distance
- Cross over hop for distance
- 6 meter timed hop
Are we being overly concerned about faulty biomechanics in the end stages of rehabilitation? As rehab professionals (PTs, PTAs, ATCs, Strength Coaches) aren't we addressing this in the rehab process? That is exactly what our next study looked at. Next week, we will look at study by King et al Am J Sports Med 2019 where we get some insight into what athletes' biomechanics look like at the end phases or physical therapy. If you enjoy this blog, please share with your colleague and follow us on instagrm @ bjjpt_acl_guy and twitter @acl_prevention. #ViPerformAMI #ACLPlayItSafe