ACL injury is a common in sport, and in previous times was potentially career ending. These days, typically 60-80% of ACL reconstructions return to sport. However, unfortunately, a large portion of these end up with another knee injury at a later date.
As a Physio it’s our job to get you back to sport and as bullet proof as possible. Part of our research covers the Melbourne ACL Guide 2.0 which in part aims to ensure ACL-R rehab is a criteria-driven process. What makes it ‘2.0’? Part F: Functional Testing in a Fatigued State.
Research shows that nearly 40% of ACL-R rehab patients don’t hit all the correct criteria to Return to Sport.
What’s more interesting, the research has shown how limb symmetry index decreases once again when the athlete is in a fatigued state.
Factors that contribute to fatigue:
- Poor cardiovascular capacity
- Reduced muscle strength
- Reduced muscular endurance
- Poor nutrition/hydration