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Vol. 55. Issue 207.
Pages 111-114 (July - September 2020)
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Vol. 55. Issue 207.
Pages 111-114 (July - September 2020)
Clinical case
Muscle activation during rehabilitation on artificial turf vs. sand after cruciate ligament surgery: A case series
Laura Rafols Parelladaa,
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, Xavier Lindea, Josep Solàb,c, Azahara Fortb,d,c, Juanjo Braua
a Futbol Club Barcelona Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, FCBarcelona, Spain
b Faculty of Psychology, Physical Activity and Sports Sciences Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain
c Blanquerna Universitat Ramon Llull Facultat de Psicologia Ciencies de l’Educacio i de l’Esport, Spain
d Faculty of Health Science Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain
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Table 1. Electromyography results for player 1.
Table 2. Electromyography results for player 2.
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Performing the rehabilitation of a player on a surface different from the normally used by the athlete in her/his sport is beneficial. By recruiting more muscle fibers in the new surface, the rehabilitation process is enhanced. Here, we describe the electromyography (EMG) data of anterior and posterior chains during workouts on two different surfaces: sand and artificial turf. We recorded data using a Myontec EMG device of two anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injured women's soccer players. Player 1 was injured on her left leg in the ACL and the patellar tendon, and player 2 was injured on her right leg in the ACL and semitendinosus plasty. The EMG results of player 1 showed an increase in the activation of the cross pattern (i.e. left hamstring and right gluteus) of the posterior chain. Similarly, the EMG data of player 2 showed an increase in the activation of the left quadriceps (the antagonist muscle of her injured leg) of the anterior chain. In conclusion, in both players the muscle group most activated during rehabilitation was the antagonist of the injured leg's muscle, regardless of the surface used.

Artificial truf
Anterior cruciate ligament
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