Collegiate sports that involve cutting, jumping, and pivoting carry a risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.Following ACL reconstruction, most athletes eventually return to sport (RTS) but may do so with significant limitations in an already short athletic career.
Running mechanics, particularly knee joint kinetics and kinematics, may be impaired for years following ACLR.
Patients are typically allowed to return to running 3-5 months post-surgery, but return-to-running criteria are often poorly defined and of questionable value.
Furthermore, this study will help determine factors related to a successful RTS and assist in guiding rehabilitation efforts to facilitate RTS.
Countermovement jump performance is an important indicator of lower extremity explosiveness and can differentiate elite athletes from their novice counterparts.
Students receive instruction in research design and statistics germane to rehabilitation medicine and become good "consumers" of published research through a review of articles relevant to physical therapy practice.
They also have the opportunity to work with research mentors within or external to the program.
Although most athletes return to sport (RTS) within 1 year from ACLR, the timeline for recovery of LE kinetics and kinematics during athletic tasks is not well defined.
Identifying specific movement deficiencies will guide rehabilitation efforts to promote successful RTS and reduce re-injury risk.
While many states have their own requirements for PT accreditation, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) serves as a nationwide umbrella for PT standards, and is also responsible for accrediting physical therapy curricula at schools across the United States.
Faculty within the program conduct research on a variety of topics and their work spans from basic science to applied clinical research.