Neuromuscular dysfunction that may predict ACL injury risk: a case report

Saunders, Natalie, McLean, Scott G., Fox, Aaron S. and Otago, Leonie (2014) Neuromuscular dysfunction that may predict ACL injury risk: a case report. Knee, 21 3: 789-792. doi:10.1016/j.knee.2014.01.005

Author Saunders, Natalie
McLean, Scott G.
Fox, Aaron S.
Otago, Leonie
Title Neuromuscular dysfunction that may predict ACL injury risk: a case report
Journal name Knee   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-5800
Publication date 2014-06
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.knee.2014.01.005
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 789
End page 792
Total pages 4
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This case report examined the neuromuscular function of a competitive female netball player six days prior to an incident where she sustained an acute anterior cruciate ligament injury during normal sports activity. Electromyography was used to examine activation onsets of four lower limb muscles (rectus femoris, biceps femoris, medial hamstrings and gluteus medius) relative to initial contact (IC) during netball-specific landings of varying complexity. The results of the injured participant were compared to the remaining participants in the study (n = 8), and the injured participant's injured limb was compared to the contralateral limb. The injured participant was the only player to record delayed pre-injury muscle onsets after IC for all muscles tested in the injured limb, while her non-injured limb was comparable to the other participants tested. Furthermore, delayed muscle onset after IC occurred more frequently as landing complexity increased. This case report suggests that delayed muscle activity onset after IC during landing may be an important risk factor for ACL injury.
Keyword Anterior cruciate ligament
Neuromuscular control
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
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