Research Study Abstract

Relationship Between Physical Activity and Clinical Outcomes after ACL Reconstruction

  • Published on Nov 15, 2017

Context: Reductions in objectively measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) have been reported among individuals with ACLR. Self-reported measures of physical activity are commonly utilized to assess participation in physical activity after ACLR despite the lack of evidence to support the validity of such measures within this population.

Objective: The objective of this research was to determine the relationships between objectively measured MVPA, self-reported physical activity, and knee function among individuals with ACLR.

Setting: University laboratory. Patients (or Other Participants): Thirty-one participants with a history of ACLR (sex = 23F/8M, age = 19.8±1.4 years) and 31 matched controls (sex = 23F/8M, age = 20.6±1.7 years) enrolled in this study.

Interventions: None.

Main Outcome Measures: Participants completed self-reported physical activity using the Tegner Activity Scale and the Marx Activity Scale. Participant MVPA was objectively measured using an ActiGraph wGT3X-BT accelerometer for a 7 day period during which the monitor was worn for no less than 10 hours/day. Primary outcome measures were the amount of time spent in MVPA (min/week) and time spent in MVPA performed in bouts of ≥10 minutes (min/week). Relationships between Tegner Activity Score, Marx Activity Scale and objectively measured MVPA variables were assessed using partial Spearman’s rank correlation coefficients after controlling for activity monitor wear time.

Results: There were no significant relationships between objectively measured of MVPA and self-reported physical activity (ρ ≤ 0.31, p ≥ 0.05) or self-reported knee related function (ρ ≤ 0.41, p ≥ 0.05) among ACLR participants.

Conclusions: Objectively measured physical activity is not significantly related to self-reported physical activity or self-reported knee function among individuals with a history of ACLR. Consideration of objective and self-reported physical activity within this population may provide key insights into disconnects between perception and the reality of physical activity engagement following ACLR.


  • Kuenze C 1,2
  • Cadmus-Bertram L 3
  • Pfieffer K 1
  • Trigsted S 3
  • Cook D 3
  • Lisee C 1
  • Bell D 3,4


  • 1

    Michigan State University, Department of Kinesiology, College of Education, East Lansing, MI.

  • 2

    Michigan State University, Division of Sports Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI.

  • 3

    The University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Kinesiology, School of Education, Madison, WI.

  • 4

    The University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health, WI.


Journal of Sport Rehabilitation


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