Having the confidence to return to the sport you love is important to a successful transition. Assessing muscle activation in response to movement gives you insight into how the injured side is now responding after your rehabilitation. Symmetry, pre-activation, and overall activation are some key aspects that can be identified to help you make the choice if you are ready. For more information, or if you have any questions please contact Mike Croskery
Drop Fall Protocol to Assess Knee Stability Following ACL Reconstruction
This assessment investigates how your leg muscles that support the knee activate before being put under force when landing. This pre-activation timing is compared to normal values to assess if the muscles can respond appropriately to stabilize and support the knee when it is placed under strain. This well accepted test is essential for anyone who has undergone ACL reconstruction or any other knee surgery to ensure the quadriceps and hamstring muscles are acting appropriately to minimize risk or re-injury.
Walk Assessment Protocol
The Walk Protocol evaluates the muscle activation of the thigh and lower leg muscles as well as pelvic kinematics to compare to normal healthy norms. This comparison allows you to see how efficient your walking gait is either post-injury or in general and to help in deciding the next steps towards your goal.
Run Assessment Protocol
This assessment can provide a functional evaluation of muscle activation as well as pelvic kinematics during running. By assessing both throughout the rehabilitation of an injury, it is easy to monitor muscle and stride symmetry as well as muscle activation of the key leg muscles in running to assess how and when they are firing during the stride. By comparing these parameters to common norms you can assess if you are ready to return to a normal training and competitive schedule. This can also be used to help to assess technique to maximize performance.
Functional Evaluation of Muscle Activity During Cycling
This protocol evaluates how both the muscle contribution and coordination contributes to cycling performance. Muscle timing and activation levels are monitored during the pedal strokes while also assessing symmetry between the left and right sides. This combination of information helps to determine if both sides are working efficiently and how any post-injury may be affecting the movement. This can also be used to help to maximize performance in combination with a critical fatigue threshold assessment by understanding the role the muscles have in force production during the pedal stroke.