Title

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery Patient: Psychological Considerations in the Rehabilitation Process

Publication Date

8-1-1992

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis

Degree Title

Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Studies

Department

Kinesiology

Major Advisor

Linda M. Petlichkoff

Advisor

Ronald P. Pfeiffer

Advisor

James Nicholson

Abstract

One of the most frequent and serious injuries an athlete can suffer is a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) (DeHaven, 1980; Harter, Osternig, & Singer, 1988). The typical result of this injury is an unstable knee often associated with meniscal damage. The instability in the knee may lead to further trauma in the menisci and deterioration of the joint. This is especially true in sports that require a measurable amount of jumping and cutting (i.e., changes in direction) (Marshall, Warren, & Wickiewicz, 1982; McDaniel & Dameron, 1980, 1983).

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