We assessed change of direction abilities in team sport female athletes. Ten participants returned to full activity from ACL reconstruction (ACLR) for longer than one year and 10 healthy controls (CON) were compared. Twelve maximal effort 45° cutting manoeuvres from the reconstructed side (ACLR) or a random selection of both sides (CON) were analysed for each individual using a motion capture system. CON showed greater medio-lateral centre of mass (COM) acceleration between 51 and 75 % of ground contact. CON reported increased ankle plantar flexor power from 94 to 98 % of foot contact, with also a higher peak. Although cleared to return to full activity, biomechanical differences associated with performance were still present in the ACLR group, which may have implications for better targeting rehabilitation practice.
Atkinson, Siân; Stock, Holly A.; and Preatoni, Ezio
"MEDIO-LATERAL ACCELERATION OF FEMALE ATHLETES WITH AN ACL RECONSTRUCTION IN COMPARISON WITH A HEALTHY POPULATION,"
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