Date of Award

5-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Abstract

The most common knee injury is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) which occurs to 1 in 3,000 people annually, making an ACL reconstruction (ACLR) surgery the sixth most common orthopedic procedure (Cohen, Yucha, Ciccotti, Goldstein, Ciccotti, & Ciccotti, 2009 Edgar, Zimmer, Kakar, Jones, Schepsis, 2008 Zamarioli., Pezolato, Mieli, Shimano. 2008). Over the past 20 years, there has been considerable growing attention to rehabilitation programs for post ACL reconstruction, but still no optimal rehabilitation program has been found. (Momberg, Louw, Crous. 2008 Zamarioli, Pezolato, Mieli, Shimano. 2008 Tovin, Wolf, Greenfield, Crouse, Woodfin. 1994). Though there have been improvements to rehabilitation protocols, there are still concepts that have limited research. A lack of comparison of traditional land-based therapy vs aquatic-based therapy is one of the main areas that is lagging in research. (Momberg, Louw, Crous 2008 Tovin, Wolf, Greenfield, Crouse, Woodfin. 1994) There should be a further evaluation of the benefits between traditional land-based therapy vs aquatic-based therapy after ACLR.

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