The Importance Of Kinesiology In Physical Therapy

1330 Words 6 Pages
My research question came from my interest in my major, which is Kinesiology. I wanted to know, as a future sports physical therapist, how to rehabilitate athletes with a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). The question is significant because athletes and physical educators want to know the characteristics, risk factors, and cautions. The question that comes to most athletes’, therapists’, and physical educators’ minds is how they can avoid and treat the injury when it happens.
Numerous sources identify what an ACL is and state all the problems it can bring. Most state that an ACL is the most known ligament to be torn in sports. Others also state that risk factors can help alleviate the problem sooner and educate many athletes’ and therapists’.
…show more content…
An ACL is one of the most common injured muscles in today’s sports. Authors Richard T Cotton and Ross Andersen define where an ACL is in the body. “It is located within the joint capsule of the knee. It attaches superiorly on the femur and inferiorly on the tibia” (Cotton and Andersen 354). “The ACL is useful in helping prevent the tibia from moving forward on the femur when doing quadriceps contraction” (Cotton and Andersen 354). They also state “Injuries to the ACL is commonly caused by rapid deceleration (such as a basketball player stopping suddenly) or by a direct blow to the knee to hyperextended” (Cotton and Andersen 354). Any movement done like this by the athlete can cause great concern to a physical therapist and educators. SportsEX Medicine gives information on some gender differences when it comes to a torn ACL. They state that “Females are 4 to 6 times more likely to injure their ACL compared to their male counterparts for a similar level sport” (SportsEX Medicine 7). Female athletes are more prone to the injury because of the way their posture is while performing the sport. Knowing the cost and societal impact of an ACL is another characteristic. Authors Mather III, Richard C., et al explain how much an ACL can cost and how it affects an athlete. They state that “ACL reconstruction is both less costly (a cost reduction of $4503) and more …show more content…
Authors Labella, Hennrikus, and Hewett all state that “ACL injuries require surgery and/or many months of rehabilitation and substantial time lost from school and sports participation. Unfortunately, regardless of treatment, athletes with ACL injuries are up to 10 times more likely to develop degenerative arthritis of the knee” (e1437). To heal the ACL, surgeons suggest athletes wear a brace and neuromuscular training. Others also recommend surgery if the rupture is critical. Writers Postma and West illustrates how “prevention programs focus on a number of key aspects of training: balance, proprioception, plyometric, strengthening, endurance, and stability.” Evidence proves that these training programs can lower the rate of ACL ruptures. Researchers Toscano and Carroll review and examine what physical educators and therapists can do to help prevent ACL tears. They clarify how physical educators should “notice the joint positions of your students when running, jumping, cutting, and landing” (Toscano and Carroll 46). Prevention is possible when athletes and educators become aware of the different risks. Author Kvist also agrees upon how the “knowledge of healing processes and biomechanics in the knee joint after injury and reconstruction, together with physiological aspects on training effects is important for the construction

Related Documents