2000, Number 3
Acta Ortop Mex 2000; 14 (3)
Post-operative rehabilitation in american football players after reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament
Bustillos CC, Soriano RE, Romo OJ
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ABSTRACTEarly rehabilitation in american foot ball players who have been operated on for reconstruction of anterior cruciate ligament, either by bone-tendon-bone grafting or by hamstring tendinous transposition depends on the strength of plasty. Rehabilitation program must included weight bearing on the operated extremity, which can be afforded whenever electronic modern equipment be available. A series of 90 players between 17 and 34 years of age were operated on, in 70 cases by the bone-tendon-bone technique and in 20 by tendinous transposition. One of the main objectives in early postoperative rehabilitation is the appropriate control of pain and edema. Program outstanding points included: Splint in knee complete extension, cryotherapy, electrostimulation of quadriceps muscle, alternative period of splinting, continuous passive motion, isometric exercise and late muscle strengthening by weight-bearing. Results were highly satisfactory in 88.9%, good in 6.67% and fair in 4.4%. All players were able to perform american football after an average of 7 months.