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Failure Locus of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Disruption at 25° Knee Flexion: 3D Finite Element Analysis

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Andrew Homyk, Paul K. Canavan, Alexander Orsi, Story Wibby, Nicholas Yang, Hamid Nayeb-Hashemi

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Paper No. IMECE2010-38249, pp. 667-674; 8 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4426-7
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) disruption is a common injury that is detrimental to an athlete’s quality of life. Determining the mechanisms that cause ACL injury is important in order to develop proper interventions. This study was conducted to provide insight into the specific knee orientations associated with ACL injuries. A failure locus for the ACL was developed by simulating multiple loading scenarios using a 3-D finite element analysis (FEA) model of the knee. The results indicated varus and valgus were more dominant to the ACL injury compared to femoral rotation. The order of MCL failure, ACL failure, and maximum meniscus stress was also determined with respect to time during loading. The results of this study could be used to develop training programs focused on the avoidance of the described combination of movements, which may lead to ACL injury.

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