We studied a group of anterior cruciate ligament-deficient athletes to identify whether joint position and direction of joint motion have a significant effect on proprioception. Twenty-nine anterior cruciate ligament deficient athletes were tested for their threshold to detect passive motion at both 15°and 45°moving into the directions of both flexion and extension. The single-legged hop test was used to identify function in the deficient limb. Results demonstrated statistically significant deficits in threshold to detect passive motion for the deficient limb at 15°moving into extension. For the deficient limb, threshold to detect passive motion was significantly more sensitive moving into extension than flexion at a starting angle of 15°; at a starting angle of 15°moving into extension threshold was significantly more sensitive than at a starting angle of 45°moving into extension. We conclude that in deficient limbs proprioception is significantly more sensitive in the end ranges of knee extension (15°) and is significantly more sensitive moving into the direction of extension. To effectively restore reflex stabilization of the lower limb we recommend a rehabilitation program emphasizing performance-based, weightbearing, closed kinetic chain exercise for the muscle groups that act on the knee joint.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||American Journal of Sports Medicine|
|State||Published - 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation