Review of the effectiveness of implementing an imagery intervention among athletes to improve rehabilitation outcomes post anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

Type: 
Poster Presentation
Citation: 

Faculty supervisor for:
Shelton, B. (2016, May). Review of the effectiveness of implementing an imagery intervention among athletes to improve rehabilitation outcomes post anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Poster session presented at the annual Spring Symposium, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon.

Abstract: 

This paper aims to give a comprehensive analysis of the efficacy of an imagery program in conjunction with a standard physical therapy program for athletes rehabilitating from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction by reviewing previous experiments that have been conducted. It has been demonstrated that the implementation of an imagery intervention in addition to standard physical therapy care increases knee laxity and knee strength, and decreases re-injury anxiety. Imagery interventions have also been shown to benefit pain and stress management, empowerment, and control of recovery. Contrarily, imagery interventions have not been proven to enhance adherence to physical therapy rehabilitation programs. Doctors of physical therapy should be aware of the benefits of applying imagery techniques, and should consider the implementation of an imagery program.

June 2016