Bilateral deficit of strength after reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament

Ewertton de Souza Bezerra, Érica Queiroz da Silva Bezerra, Roberto Simão, Ingrid Dias, Tiago Figueiredo


The aims of this study were verify the differences between the operated limb (OL) and non-operated limb (NOL) and compare the sum of unilateral actions with bilateral results following the test of 10 repetitions maximum (10RM) for the movements of extension and flexion of the knee in patients after reconstruction of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Twenty men (37.8±5.7 years; 179.2±4.9 cm; 87.1±7.5 kg) who underwent surgery for ACL reconstruction with autograph in a segment were observed in two different days, in the movements of knee extension and flexion. A student t-test for dependent samples was applied. It was adopted level of statistical significance p < 0.05. The values found for the OL were smaller in relation to the NOL (p < 0.05), as well as the sum of unilateral load was greater than the bilaterally load (p < 0.05) in both movements. In conclusion, there were significant differences for the two movements analyzed and, for comparison between OL and NOL.


: Motor Activity; Muscle strength; Rehabilitation.


The abbreviated title of the journal is Rev. Bras. Cineantropom. Desempenho Hum, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references. E-ISSN 1980-0037, impressa ISSN 1415-8426, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, BrazilThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Atribuição 3.0 Unported License.