2020 Student Research Conference:
33rd Annual Student Research Conference

ACL Reconstruction and Postural Sway

Ashley Garlock♦
Dr. Brandy Schneider, Faculty Mentor

Current research is unclear concerning the ability for functional restoration of the ACL after rupture. Functionally, proprioceptive deficits can be associated with various short and long term repercussions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of ACL reconstruction (ACLR) on postural sway over time.  Participants were given a short survey and then performed single and double-leg stances on a computerized balance platform. Analysis indicated that (1) the involved leg had more sway compared to the contralateral limb, (2) as time since ACLR increased, sway in the involved leg decreased, and (3) percent difference between legs is less as time since ACLR increases.  Time is a major factor in progress towards reducing postural sway after ACLR. However, this may not be the only factor as limb dominance was not considered. Further examination of additional cases may provide confirmation of this hypothesis.  

Keywords: anterior cruciate ligament, ACLR, postural sway, proprioception

Topic(s):Athletic Training

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: TBA
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

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