Precise instrumented musculoskeletal evaluations are essential to support healthcare decisions, especially for patients recovering from ACL reconstruction with the goal of returning to high level sports. In this seminar, Dr. Joe Hart and Amelia Leicht will provide an overview of an approach to monitoring rehabilitation progress and return-to-play testing following ACL reconstruction using instrumented assessments of balance and loading distribution.
Dr. Joe Hart
Joe Hart is the Norfleet-Raney Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair for Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Hart’s research is devoted to studying outcomes following musculoskeletal injury and orthopaedic surgery with primary focus on patients with knee ligament (anterior cruciate ligament, ACL) reconstruction. Dr. Hart has developed point-of-care research programs utilizing performance assessments that creates data to help track recovery in patients following ACL reconstruction surgery. This line of research leverages the most current and emerging evaluation tools and techniques to understand barriers to recovery. The ultimate goal is the use of data to support important healthcare decision-making aimed at reducing risk of re-injury and promoting well-being through safe engagement in physical activity.
Amelia Bruce Leicht is a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia in the Sports Medicine program working in the Exercise and Sports Injury Laboratory. Amelia received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017, and completed her Masters of Science in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University in 2019. Amelia's primary research interest is directed towards leveraging metrics derived from limb loading during functional tasks as well as musculoskeletal return-to-play assessments following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction to enhance clinical decision making.