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Rehabilitation 2.0: Addressing Neuroplasticity in the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Model

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Technical Report,15 Sep 2019,14 Sep 2020

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Ohio University Athens United States

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Musculoskeletal injuries such as to the knees anterior cruciate ligament ACL degrade the operational readinessof our U.S. Service members. These injuries cause decreased physical ability that leads to reduced performance and high re-injury risk. Changes in brain activity as the result of the injury is directly related to the decreased physical performance, affecting the Service members motor performance capability in complex or highly reactive military training and operations environments. Unfortunately, current treatments do not restore post-injury Service members physical performance, especially when under stress. This deficit has clear consequences for military personnel, as the intense stress and constant need of situational awareness can impair physical performance when returned to active duty. To that end, new therapies are needed to restore Service member performance after injury. Thus, the purpose of this proposal is to quantify how the brain changes after injury across the typical 6-month window of physical therapy. We are also testing new functional assessments that target the brain changes that limit Service member performance. These assessments will support the transition of this research to clinical practice. This applied research award will provide the knowledge of the time course of brain changes that influence function to implement these new impactful interventions. These synergistic outcomes provide an immediate product that can be clinically implemented and propel further investigations to ensure truly restored functional capacity of our nations Service members.

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  • Anatomy and Physiology

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