Electromechanical delay of the knee flexor muscles after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using semitendinosus tendon.

Marco Freddolini, Giacomo Placella, Giuliano Giorgio Cerulli, Aluena Battaglioli, Filippo Chiechi, Anastasios Georgoulis, Gian Luca Gervasi

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to evaluate whether using only the semitendinosus as a tripled short graft would affect the electromechanical delay (EMD) of the knee flexors. EMD was evaluated in volunteers (N = 15) after they had undergone surgery for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction where the semitendinosus tendon alone was used as a graft. The results were compared with the intact leg and healthy controls (N = 15). After warming up, each subject performed four maximally explosive isometric contractions on an isokinetic dynamometer. Torques were measured by the dynamometer, while the electrical activity of the semitendinosus and biceps femoris muscles was detected using surface electromyography. EMD was found to be significantly increased (p = 0.001) in patients who had undergone ACL reconstruction compared to the controls. On the contrary, no significant differences (p = 0.235) were found for the biceps femoris muscle between the two groups. Similar results were found when the study group was compared with the intact leg group (p = 0.027 for semitendinosus and p = 0.859 for biceps femoris). Harvesting the semitendinosus tendon increases the EMD for the semitendinosus muscle but does not influence the EMD outcomes for the biceps femoris muscle.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)384-393
Numero di pagine10
RivistaSports Biomechanics
Volume2015
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015

Keywords

  • ACL
  • EMD

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