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Intra and intersession reliability of a postural control protocol in athletes with and without anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a dual-task paradigm.

Authors:  Mohammadirad S, Salavati M, Takamjani IE, Akhbari B, Sherafat S, Maaheri M, Negahban H

Quantification of dynamic balance is essential to assess a patient’s level of injury or ability to function in order to establish a proper plan of care. While dual-tasking is often used in balance assessment protocols, reliability of the method has not been established. The purpose of this study was to determine the intra- and inter-session reliability of dynamic balance measures obtained using the Biodex Balance System for a group of athletes status post anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) and a matched control group without ACLR, while using a dual-task paradigm. Biodex Balance System measures of postural stability demonstrated moderate to high reliability in athletes with and without ACLR during dual-tasking.

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