Research: Force Decks & Post ACLR Outcomes

Can the use of Force Decks substantially support the recovery and measured outcomes of post ACLR patients?

In this research discussion we are presenting a different point for consideration, with a focus on what has been developed within our clinics in the last 12 – 18 months regarding Strength & Conditioning, specifically the use of Force Decks, and it’s usefulness regarding returning to sport following ACLR reconstruction. 

What has been done to date?

Our most recent in-house study, (read attachment below: Variables associated with successful outcome after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in recreational athletes’) evaluated the outcomes of people post ACLR.

Within this study we explored variables (strength, PROMs, hop tests) which were predictive of a successful outcome at 9months. The conclusions were that PROMS where some of the strongest predictors of outcome, but also that a number of people failed to reach the success’ [≥9 on their PSFS] cut off at 9months (which you could argue is predictable at this time point). 

Last year two of Dr Simon Lack’s QMUL students completed a reliability study in the Bank clinic on 19 individuals without pain, looking at various tests on the force decks and hops tests (read attachment below: Research Project’).

You will see from this study write up that a collection of tests and different outcome measurements are reliable. 

What is coming up next?

We are going to take this reliable test battery forwards to evaluate the measurements of people who have had ACLR at any time point ≥1 year post surgery. Dr Simon Lack will be writing up the proposal as a bid for funding from BASEM to support the study.

What is the aim?

To understand, within a recreationally active population, what residual deficits are evident post ACLR.

Why are we doing this?

It is our belief that the better we understand what these deficits are, the better we can manage these individuals in the medium/​longer term.

2022 Variables associated with successful outcome after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in recreational athletes A prospective cohort study The Knee

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210537408 Research Project

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Would you like to get involved in this discussion? To do so, complete the form below for the attention of Dr Simon Lack.