Sensorimotor Knee: Reflex- und Willküraktivierung der Oberschenkelmuskulatur nach akuter Verletzung des vorderen Kreuzbandes (VKB).

Ruptures of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are considered a severe knee injury. Neuromuscular control might change considerably directly after injury occurrence.


  • Lead department Health Professions
  • Institute Physiotherapy
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2018
  • Project management Heiner Baur
  • Head of project Heiner Baur
  • Keywords anterior cruciate ligament, electromyography, neuromuscular control, stretch reflex


Data on adaptations of neuromuscular control due to injury is sparse. The project contributes to this knowledge gap and investigates reflex and voluntary activation in functional situations.

Course of action

The project aims to compare ACL-injured patients directly after injury occurrence with healthy controls. Neuromuscular control of the knee stabilizing muscles will be measured in functional relevant situations to assess capacity of active joint stability. Deficits in neuromuscular control can be revealed and retests one year after initial injury give insight into possible adaptations.