Isokinetic’s Education and Research department has just published an article in the prestigious journal Sports Health. The article is a collaboration of our work with leading experts from Santa Monica, California, who work on the prevention of primary and secondary ACL injuries. In the article we explored the relationship between quadriceps strength symmetry and psychological readiness to return to play, as part of the rehabilitation after the anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. The conclusion was that greater quadriceps strength symmetry was associated with greater psychological readiness to Return to Play (RTP) in female athletes after ACL Reconstruction. This relationship, however, was present only in those who experienced a noncontact injury.
We have therefore learnt that we should consider both the physical and the psychological factors in assessing a patient’s readiness to RTP. This may be particularly important for those who have experienced an ACL tear through a noncontact mechanism.
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