Key predictors of returning to a pivoting sport after an ACL reconstruction
This is a summary of the insights from the research paper "Meeting movement quantity or quality return to sport criteria is associated with reduced second ACL injury rate".
What are the key predictors of an athlete returning to his pivoting sport after an ACL reconstruction? 🤔
ℹ️ Reinjury rates after an ACL reconstruction are very high: 15% of amateur athletes get reinjured within 2 years after the surgery. For athletes <25 years old, it happens in 23% of the cases! 🤕
1) Passing the hop test battery (created by Gustavsson et al.) is significantly associated with a reduced second ACL injury rate, resulting in an 11% absolute risk reduction.
🔬 Of the 62 athletes who failed this test battery, 7 had a second ACL injury. Of the 35 athletes who passed this test battery, 0 had a second ACL injury.
2) One-third of all the athletes mentioned fear of reinjury as the main reason for not returning to their (preinjury level in their) sport.
🧠 The importance of the psychological component in the rehabilitation of an ACL injury cannot be neglected. The authors state that psychological readiness to return to sport might be as important as physical readiness.
❗ In the Hylyght platform, the hop test battery and validated psychological questionnaires (e.g. the Tampa scale of kinesiophobia) are included in our return to sport protocols after an ACL reconstruction.