ACL valid diagnostics

Injuries and ruptures of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are frequent during physical activity. Adequate neuromuscular control stabilizes the knee actively to protect passive knee structures and to avoid injury.


  • Lead department School of Health Professions
  • Institute Physiotherapy
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration 01.01.2018 - 30.06.2021
  • Project management Heiner Baur
  • Head of project Heiner Baur
  • Project staff Angela Blasimann Schwarz
    Patric Eichelberger
  • Partner Orthop├Ądie Sonnenhof, Kniechirurgie & Sportverletzungen, Dr. Philipp Henle
  • Keywords conservative treatment, electromyography, knee injury, knee joint, reconstructive surgery


Knowledge on the influence of ACL injury on the neuromuscular control of knee-stabilizing muscles is still sparse. The project contributes to this and aims to develop a valid diagnostic framework.

Course of action

During the return process to the pre-injury activity level, assessments of passive knee stability is performed. Additionally, motor skills (for example jump tests) are tested. Interpretation about knee function based on these assessments is not very specific. The aim of the project is therefore to develop a diagnostic framework to objectively measure deficits of sensorimotor competence by evaluating muscular activity in ACL patients under various conditions.