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Clinical outcomes following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) remain unsatisfactory, with elevated rates of re-injury and osteoarthritis reported within 1-2 decades. Quadriceps dysfunction is thought to influence such outcomes by promoting deleterious biomechanical adaptations, yet traditional rehabilitation often fails to restore muscle function beyond return-to-activity. Advances in our understanding of underlying contributions to persistent muscle weakness have shaped the development of novel rehabilitation approaches. To address the burden of ACLR, we will (1) highlight evidence of the underlying mechanisms and clinical impact of quadriceps dysfunction, and (2) provide clinicians with novel therapeutic interventions to optimize clinical outcomes over the lifespan.
Athletic Training Domains:
Domain 2 – Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
Domain 4 – Therapeutic Intervention
At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:
Participants will be able to identify the underlying neurological and morphological contributions to quadriceps dysfunction following ACL reconstruction, and apply this knowledge to patient assessment.
Participants will be able to describe the neuromuscular and biomechanical adaptations that characterize patients over the lifespan following ACL reconstruction.
Participants will be able to recognize how quadriceps dysfunction negatively impacts biomechanical and patient-reported outcomes immediately following, and in the years following, ACL reconstruction.
Particpants will be able to implement novel therapeutic interventions to enhance quadriceps muscle function and movement quality, and optimize both short- and long-term clinical outcomes following ACL reconstruction.