The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the characteristics of patellar tendons and the quadriceps strength of athletes with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) throughout rehabilitation. Athletes of different sports (n=27) had both patellar tendons (PT) assessed with ultrasound tissue characterization (UTC) method, and bilateral isokinetic quadriceps strength quantified in intervals of 1.5 months over their rehabilitation period. Reduction in the quality of the involved PT was observed after ACLR surgery, with these values returning to baseline at approximately 7.5 months post surgery. The uninvolved PT displayed no significant differences. Despite the increase in quadriceps strength, no statistical relevance was observed. ACLR caused reduction in the quality of the involved PT which might be correlated with tendon symptoms during the rehabilitation.
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Sonsino Pereira, Carla; Klauznicer, Jasenko; Maree, Dustin; Whiteley, Rodney; and Finni, Taija
"CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PATELLAR TENDONS IN ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT INJURED ATHLETES,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 37
, Article 25.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol37/iss1/25