Measuring landing mechanics during rehabilitation from an ACL reconstruction

Unfortunately, athletes returning to sport following ACL reconstruction surgery currently have a high risk for secondary injuries. In this project, we are measuring lower extremity mechanics during jump-landing tasks in various outpatient physical therapy clinics in Southwest Virginia. Our lab recently found that force sensing shoe insoles and 2D video analysis are valid and repeatable for assessing landing kinetics and kinematics, respectively. Our long term goal is to use these clinically feasible technologies to both help physical therapists train patients to land better and help surgeons decide if a patient is ready to return to sport.