Poster or Presentation Title

Factors that influence reinjury rates post ACL reconstruction: A critically appraised topic

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Department

Athletic Training

Abstract

Introduction: More than 200,000 ACL injuries occur each year just in the United States, with the highest instance being in athletes aged 15-25.¹ The ACL is commonly torn in athletes who participate in sports that involve pivoting and cutting motions. ² There have been inconsistent research findings stating that anywhere from 55% to 97% of athletes return to their primary sport after undergoing ACL reconstruction.¹ Factors that influence athletes’ ability to return to play include timing of the injury, age, gender, functional deficits, and psychological factors including fear of reinjury.¹ A second ACL injury to either the previously affected knee or a contralateral ACL injury has been reported to affect as high as one-third of young athletes who have gone through ACL reconstruction and returned to play. Clinical Question: What factors influence reinjury rates post ACL reconstruction? Key Findings: Reinjury post ACL reconstruction is multifactorial and some factors can not be changed or influenced.

Clinical Bottom Line: There is a risk for reinjury post-ACL-reconstruction, changes to surgical interventions, post-surgical treatment, and tests for readiness to return to play may be solutions to decreasing risks for reinjury post-ACL- reconstruction

Strength of Recommendation: B-Level

Faculty Mentor(s)

Debbie Bradney Jill Lucas

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Factors that influence reinjury rates post ACL reconstruction: A critically appraised topic

Introduction: More than 200,000 ACL injuries occur each year just in the United States, with the highest instance being in athletes aged 15-25.¹ The ACL is commonly torn in athletes who participate in sports that involve pivoting and cutting motions. ² There have been inconsistent research findings stating that anywhere from 55% to 97% of athletes return to their primary sport after undergoing ACL reconstruction.¹ Factors that influence athletes’ ability to return to play include timing of the injury, age, gender, functional deficits, and psychological factors including fear of reinjury.¹ A second ACL injury to either the previously affected knee or a contralateral ACL injury has been reported to affect as high as one-third of young athletes who have gone through ACL reconstruction and returned to play. Clinical Question: What factors influence reinjury rates post ACL reconstruction? Key Findings: Reinjury post ACL reconstruction is multifactorial and some factors can not be changed or influenced.

Clinical Bottom Line: There is a risk for reinjury post-ACL-reconstruction, changes to surgical interventions, post-surgical treatment, and tests for readiness to return to play may be solutions to decreasing risks for reinjury post-ACL- reconstruction

Strength of Recommendation: B-Level