Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hypermobility and ACL Injury


People with hypermobility can move their joints well beyond the normal range.  A group of researchers at a hospital in New Dehli, India studied the association between hypermobility and injury to the anterior cruciate ligament.  They examined 135 men and 75 women who had experienced an ACL injury giving each a rating on a standard test of hypermobility called the Beighton score. There are nine components to this score including the ability to put the hands flat on the floor with knees straight, to bend the elbow backwards, and to bend the thumb back onto the front of the forearm.  The injured group was compared to a comparable group who had never had knee injury.

The investigators found that the women in their samples were more likely to be hypermobile than men but the dramatic finding was that people with an ACL injury were 4.5x more likely to be hypermobile than those without an ACL injury.

If this research is confirmed by others, the results suggest that active women who are hypermobile should consider a training program to decrease their risk of injury or consider protective bracing in at-risk settings.

The original paper can be accessed here.

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