HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 19, 2012 – Dr. Kevin Ford, associate professor of physical therapy for the School of Health Sciences at High Point University, recently had two peer-reviewed publications accepted in the journal, “Gait & Posture,” a publication that includes up-to-date basic and clinical research on aspects of locomotion and balance.
Ford, who served as co-author along with several other professionals for both articles, notes that in each published paper, balance was measured in a group of athletes after they sustained a knee injury and progressed through rehabilitation. Two different methods were used to calculate dynamic balance.
The first article, “Altered postural sway persists after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and return to sport,” detailed side-to-side differences in single leg balance in patients. However, no differences were found between legs in the control group of athletes.
The second article, “Inter-segmental Postural Coordination Measures Differentiate Athletes with ACL Reconstruction from Uninjured Athletes,” examined a novel coordination task while the athletes were required to maintain balance on one leg. This study found that coordinated movement between the ankle and hip joint was significantly different compared to the control group.
Ford notes the published papers were able to highlight interdisciplinary collaborative work between his research and the research of other leaders in the fields of rehabilitation science, biomechanics, psychology and sports medicine.
“This work identified potential deficits in athletes following knee surgery that should be addressed during rehabilitation,” Ford says.