ACL sprains and tears are among the most common orthopaedic conditions, with an estimated 300,000 ACL reconstructions performed in the US. annually. Individuals who participate in high-demand activities such as soccer, football, gymnastics, downhill skiing, and basketball are considered to be at greater risk of ACL injury, and women tend to incur ACL injuries more frequently than men.
As COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted and people become more physically active, there is a chance of increasing rates of ACL injuries due to the potential impact of detraining – the partial or complete loss of previous physical conditioning – that occurred as gyms, sporting events, and leagues were closed during the pandemic and people became less physically active as a whole.
In recent months, clinicians have expressed concern that many people may suffer from the effects of detraining, which typically include reduced muscle mass and neuromuscular capability as well as diminished strength, speed, flexibility and endurance, and increased risk of injury when physical activities resume.
“For 50 years, Össur has been dedicated to innovation to help people live a life without limitations. This includes our commitment to developing therapeutic bracing and support solutions like our new REBOUND ACL brace, so that orthopaedic clinicians have the technologies they need to provide optimal care to their patients,” Mark Tymchenko, Össur’s Vice President of Americas, Bracing & Supports, says, in a media release.