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Return to sports after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
Arthrosc Orthop Sports Med 2017;4:49-58
Published online July 1, 2017;  https://doi.org/10.14517/aosm16021
© 2017 Korean Arthroscopy Society and Korean Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Jin Goo Kim, Dhong Won Lee, Ji Hwan Lee, Han Ho Choo, Hyeuk Woo Choi

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, KonKuk University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Jin Goo Kim,
Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medical Center, KonKuk University Medical Center, 120-1 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 05030, Korea.
Tel: +82-2-2030-7606, Fax: +82-2-2030-7369, E-mail: boram107@hanmail.net
Received December 28, 2016; Revised May 22, 2017; Accepted May 25, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Returning to sports activities after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is an important treatment goal for most patients with ACL tears. Choosing the appropriate graft, positioning the tunnel anatomically, and stabilizing the graft robustly have been performed with the goal of return to sports. However, in spite of the importance of assessing knee function in determining its timing, standardized evidence-based criteria that can be used to judge whether athletes can safely return to sports are yet to be developed. A simple, reliable, and objective “goal-oriented” test battery is required to assess this. This review paper aims to evaluate the preexisting functional tests that assess the preparedness of individuals to return to sports and to develop a test battery of functional tests that can be applied in the clinic.
Keywords : Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction; Isokinetic strength; Functional performance test; Functional test; Return to sports
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