volume 29, issue 7, P891-897 1996
DOI: 10.1016/0021-9290(95)00166-2
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Abstract: The effect of quadriceps contraction on the structural capacity of the knee joint loaded to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) failure was studied in an in vivo rat model. In both knees of 20 rats the joint capsule and ligaments, except the ACL, were cut and the menisci resected by microsurgery. The rats were randomized to destructive testing of their ACLs either by femorotibial distraction or by anterior tibial translation at a displacement rate of 2.5 mm s-1 (60% s-1). The knee flexion during testing was 60 de…

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