This study titled “Biceps Femoris Compensates for Semitendinosus After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction With a Hamstring Autograft: A Muscle Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study in Male Soccer Players” is from researchers at Ghent University in Belgium.
This study adds to the ever-growing body of literature regarding ACL reconstruction. A continued area of focus with the ACL is graft selection. Common autograft types include hamstring, bone-patella tendon-bone, and quadriceps. This study looked specifically at soccer players after a hamstring autograft ACL reconstruction.
Hamstring and ACL injuries are relatively common injuries in soccer players. The authors had MRI scan performed on the players before and after the players performed prone leg curls. This showed that players after having an ACL reconstruction with a semitendinosus autograft had higher exercise related activity in the long head of the biceps femoris.
One of the important points from this study the authors mention is improved understanding of the loss of the dynamic role of the semi-t and increased agonist function and improving rehab from this.
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This article details a familiar story for both high level and recreational soccer players. Although, this article does not mention specifically what graft type Martinez had, it is safe to say that continued studies such as the one above will serve to improve outcomes.
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