Influence of a Functional Knee Brace on Lower Extremity Kinetics: A Preliminary Study

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Functional knee braces (FKB) are often used during ACL rehabilitation to assist in providing a functionally stable knee. Previous research has indicated that they contribute to this, in part, by decreasing the extensor torques and powers at the knee. This protective mechanism has been demonstrated in normals and those with ACL deficiency immediately after donning an FKB. Although these changes have been shown to occur, what is not known is the degree to which they persist beyond this initial time period. Such information may reflect on the actual protective mechanisms involved in the use of FKB's.


This article was originally published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, volume 34, issue 5, in 2002.:

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