Korean J Sports Med.  2011 Dec;29(2):83-88. 10.5763/kjsm.2011.29.2.83.

The Effectiveness of Joint Position Sense Test in Evaluating the Proprioceptive Function after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

  • 1Sports Medical Center, Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital, Seoul, Korea. boram107@hanmail.net


We designed a study to evaluate the change of the proprioceptive function with joint position sense (JPS) during 1 year follow-up period after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction using hamstring autograft. Thirty-eight men who underwent ACL reconstruction were tested for International Knee Documentation Committee subjective knee score, Tegner activity score, Lysholm score, KT-2000 arthrometer, isokinetic strength test, functional performance test (carioca, co-contraction, shuttle run test, one-hop test) and JPS at preoperation, 6 months, and 12 months postoperation. The contralateral healthy knee was used as control. There were no significant differences of JPS between the involved knee and healthy knee at any time period. Repeated measures analysis of variance of the active JPS revealed that there was no significant difference during the follow up periods. The change patterns of passive JPS of extension and flexion were out of accordance with the improving clinical status following ACL reconstruction. Most of the clinical parameters did not show the significant correlation with active and passive JPS at any time period. In conclusion, JPS does not reflect the change of proprioceptive function following ACL reconstruction.


Joint position sense; Proprioception; Anterior cruciate ligament; Reconstruction
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