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Proprioceptive Deficit After ACL Reconstruction Surgery Through Force Sense Evaluation

Eduardo Becker Nicoliche1,3*, Mariana Gongora2,3, Pedro Ribeiro2,3 & Bruna Velasques1,3

1Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology of Attention, Institute of Psychiatry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2Brain Mapping and Sensory Motor Integration, Institute of Psychiatry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil

Dr. Eduardo Becker Nicoliche, Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology of Attention, Institute of Psychiatry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Keywords: Anterior Cruciate Ligament; Proprioception; Force Sense; Force Matching Test

Abstract

Many studies have already been conducted investigating proprioceptive deficits in subjects with rupture of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). However, there are few data related using the paradigm of Force Matching Test. Objective of this study was to verify whether there is knee proprioceptive deficit when analyzed ACL-deficient knee with uninjured knee. 22 participants with ACL rupture and 22 participants with healthy knee were. ANOVA showed differences between the dependent variables Absolute Error and Variable Error, no difference was observed for the Peak Torque. This study concludes that the proprioception and neuromuscular control of force are affected by ACL injury. It may have important implications on the rehabilitation process following the ligament injury.

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