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Return to Play after ACL Surgery (New Research) – Single Leg Step-Down Test

Dr. Burnham and colleagues recently published a research study on a test that may be useful in determining when patients can return to sports after ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction. The test is called the Single Leg Step-Down test (SLSD). It has been shown to identify patients with weak hip and core musculature, which are important muscle groups to rehabilitate after undergoing ACL surgery. Although the surgery to reconstruct or repair the ACL usually takes only 1-2 hours, the rehabilitation can take 6-10 months. Determining the optimal time to return to sports is difficult, and no one test or measurement can determine when you are ready to return after surgery. However, numerous studies have shown that the trunk, hip, and core muscles are important factors in the neuromuscular control of the lower extremity, and that adequately strengthening these muscles after ACL surgery can help prevent against re-injury. In this study, performance on the SLSD test was significantly correlated with hip and core strength, especially in females. Further research will be performed to help determine the role of the SLSD test in predicting injury in athletes.

The research study was performed at the Biodynamics Gait Lab at the University of Kentucky, under the guidance of Mary Lloyd Ireland, MD and Brian Noehren, PT PhD. 

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New Research Published on ACL Reconstruction with Hamstring Graft

Dr. Burnham co-authored a cost-effectiveness analysis of ACL reconstruction using a specific technique of augmenting the normal hamstring graft with donor tissue to improve the strength of the graft. In his study, the authors demonstrated that the augmented graft resulted in a lower rate of re-tear. The study was published in the prestigious American Journal of Sports Medicine, which is the most read sports medicine journal in orthopaedic surgery. Expert knee specialist Darren Johnson, MD was the senior author on the paper.

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Parkview defeats De La Salle in High School Football Semifinals


The Eagles (8-4), which have captured five state championships since 2001 but have never captured titles in back-to-back seasons, advanced to the semifinals with a 38-21 victory at Teurlings Catholic last Friday in Lafayette. Parkview’s losses are to Catholic High, Riverside Academy, John Curtis and West Feliciana – all of which finished the year either unbeaten or No. 1 playoff seeds.

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Pitt Running Back James Conner Embodies Leadership

University of Pittsburgh running back James Conner had a record-breaking game on Saturday and chose to share his moment with a boy, 5, who is fighting cancer.

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New Chapter on Elbow Arthroscopy by Dr. Burnham

Dr. Burnham has published a new book chapter on elbow arthroscopy. The chapter is titled “Arthroscopy of the Elbow: The Basics” and can be found in the 3rd edition of Textbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma. Dr. Burnham coauthored the chapter with his professor from residency training, Dr. Srinath Kamineni, who received his upper extremity training at the Mayo Clinic.

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