Research Review: Immediate Effects of Real-Time Feedback on Jump-Landing Kinematics

In the next instalment of the Research Review Series, we discuss the impact of real-time feedback in addition to post-response feedback compared to post-response feedback alone on jumping-landing mechanics in a young female population1.  Study Design Randomized controlled trial. Subjects Thirty-six pain-free females were recruited from the general student population at the University of Toledo and assigned…

What Are We Missing? The Influence of Fatigue.

The following is another article written for the online, video-based physical therapy continuing education company MedBridge… Recently, a lot of attention has been paid to re-injury and return to sport following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) and the results continue to be less than exceptional. A recent case series of elite collegiate athletes who suffered ACL injuries…

NMES, The Missing Link.

The following is another article written for the online, video-based physical therapy continuing education company MedBridge Education... Following any type of surgery, significant weakness of the primary and secondary musculature is common. For example, quadriceps weakness has been documented during the immediate post-operative phase following surgery (Snyder-Mackler et al), as well as years following rehabilitation (Rosenberg et…

Research Review: Effect of Prehabilitation on the Outcome of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

In my first in a series of 'Research Review' articles for MedBridge Education, I will review a recent study that appeared in The American Journal of Sports Medicine.  Shaarani et al investigated the utility of a Prehabilitation program for patients scheduled to undergo anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). Considering the variable rate of return to sport…

The Psychology of Return to Sport

Biomechanical and neuromuscular factors receive considerable attention in discussing Return to Sport Following ACL Reconstruction. Psychological considerations, however, despite playing an integral role in returning an injured athlete to their respective sport, often go under-appreciated. The purpose of this piece is therefore to briefly review the literature related to the psychology of ACL injury and…

What is the Key to the ACL Epidemic? Prevention.

In my previous post, I discussed the current research and concepts with regards to Return to Sport following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (ACLR)... Now it is time to discuss how we, as clinicians, can help to prevent these injuries altogether. A recent Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of 14 studies and 27,000 participants conducted by Gagnier…

ACL Reconstruction: When Can I Play Again?

"When can I play ___________ again?" Such a simple question. Following an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), this is the answer that everyone (clinician, patient, coach, and parent) wants to know. Unfortunately, this simple question does not have a simple answer. With copious amounts of research devoted to this pathology, it would seem like an…