Megan Marie Gusky, Chrissy Hannigan Marie Hannigan, Daniel Vincent Passafiume, Michael Louis Valenti


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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This study focuses on ACL Reconstruction Graft Types and The Effects on Recovery Time of Young Adults. There has been a large increase in ACL tears amongst both males and females recently and there are multiple different graft types that can be chosen from for repair. These options include autografts and allografts. Autografts consist of using a tendon from the patient's own body, which could include: a patellar tendon graft, a hamstring graft or a quadriceps graft. An allograft involves using a tendon that is taken from a source outside of the patient’s own body. A cadaver is a common source for an allograft. The different graft types can result in different recovery times. Quantitative data is used to see the correlation between the graft the subjects chose and the overall recovery time. Therefore, students currently attending the University of Dayton will be informed about this study and asked to volunteer if they have previously torn their ACL and have had surgery to repair it. The goal of this research is to figure out which graft type used in ACL reconstruction surgery leads to the quickest recovery for both males and females. This study assesses why the subjects chose the particular graft that they did, what their experiences were during the rehabilitation process, how long it took them to recover from surgery and if they still have any problems with their knee currently.

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Haozhou Pu

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Health and Sport Science


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ACL Reconstruction Graft Types and the Effects on Recovery Time in Young Adults