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Active Voice: Restoring Knee Function to 'Normal' After ACL Reconstruction — Is It All About Quadriceps Strength?

from By David R. Bell, Ph.D., ATC

From Feb. 21:Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily represent positions or policies of ACSM.

David R. Bell, Ph.D., ATC, is a researcher and assistant professor in the Departments of Kinesiology and Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He teaches in the athletic training program and serves as the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory. His research focuses on improving outcomes following traumatic knee injury and identifying risk factors for injuries in youth athletes.

This commentary presents Dr. Bell's views on the topic of a research article which he and his colleagues had published in the October 2016 issue of
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

Each fall semester I am reminded of the impending start of college football season, as the University of Wisconsin Marching Band hones their pre-game and halftime shows within ear shot of my office window. This ritual also serves as a reminder of how my career started — as an athletic training major almost 20 years ago. My early experiences were critical in my development as clinician, and later as a researcher — providing me first-hand opportunities to observe the impact of musculoskeletal injuries on athletes. I'll never forget the first time I was on the sideline with an athlete who had suffered an ACL injury, and the emotion I felt when informing the athlete and her parents of this life-altering injury. I also will never forget the joy I felt when that athlete stepped back onto the field after successful surgery and rehabilitation. more

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