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Christopher Kuenze, Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, Karin Pfieffer, Stephanie Trigsted, Dane Cook, Caroline Lisee and David Bell

Context: Reductions in objectively measured moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) have been reported among individuals with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). Self-reported measures of physical activity are commonly used to assess participation in physical activity after ACLR despite the lack of evidence to support the validity of such measures within this population. Objective: The objective of this research was to determine the relationships between objectively measured MVPA, self-reported physical activity, and knee function among individuals with ACLR. Setting: University laboratory. Patients (or Other Participants): Thirty-one participants with a history of ACLR (sex: 23 females and 8 males; age = 19.8 [1.4] y) and 31 matched controls (sex: 23 females and 8 males; age = 20.6 [1.7] y) enrolled in this study. Intervention(s): None. Main Outcome Measures: Participants completed self-reported physical activity using the Tegner Activity Scale and the Marx Activity Rating Scale. Participant MVPA was objectively measured using an ActiGraph wGT3X-BT accelerometer for a 7-day period during which the monitor was worn for not less than 10 hours per day. Primary outcome measures were the amount of time spent in MVPA (minutes per week) and time spent in MVPA performed in bouts of ≥10 minutes (minutes per week). Relationships between the Tegner Activity Score, Marx Activity Rating Scale, and objectively measured MVPA variables were assessed using partial Spearman’s rank correlation coefficients after controlling for activity monitor wear time. Results: There were no significant relationships between objectively measured MVPA and self-reported physical activity (ρ ≤ 0.31, P ≥ .05) or self-reported knee-related function (ρ ≤ .41, P ≥ .05) among ACLR participants. Conclusions: Objectively measured physical activity is not significantly related to self-reported physical activity or self-reported knee function among individuals with a history of ACLR. Consideration of objective and self-reported physical activity within this population may provide key insights into disconnects between perception and the reality of physical activity engagement following ACLR.

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Eric G. Post, Matthew Olson, Stephanie Trigsted, Scott Hetzel and David R. Bell

Context: The overhead squat test (OHS) is a functional screening exam that is used to identify high-risk movement profiles such as medial knee displacement (MKD). The reliability and discriminative ability of observational screening during the OHS to identify MKD have yet to be established. Objectives: To investigate the reliability and discriminative ability of observational screening for MKD during the OHS. Study Design: Clinical measurement, cross-sectional. Participants: 100 college students were video-recorded performing the OHS. Three certified athletic trainers classified the knee posture of each subject during the OHS on 2 different occasions using screening guidelines. Main Outcome Measures: Ratings were evaluated by calculating kappa coefficients for intra- and interrater levels of agreements. MKD was measured using motion analysis. Results: Intrarater reliability ranged from .60-.76 with an average value of .70. Interrater reliability was substantial (kappa > .60) for both observation sessions (Fleiss kappa session 1 = .69, session 2 = .70). Sensitivity ranged was .58-.83, while specificity ranged was .70-.88. The MKD group displayed significantly more displacement than the no-MKD group (P < .001). There was a moderate positive correlation (r = .48, P < .001) between knee-posture group and MKD assessed using motion analysis. Conclusion: The OHS has substantial reliability and is able to assess the presence of MKD. The OHS should be used as part of a comprehensive examination that evaluates multiple movement patterns and risk levels.