ACL’s tears are common in athletes due to how much the ligament does in terms of maintaining balance and stability, but what’s not widely known is that these tears actually affect how your brain can perceive movement. A recent experiment shows that those afflicted by an ACL injury where more apt to use their eyes to view the function of their knees vs. simply how they feel it via feedback. Going forward, one can perhaps reverse the change via using special glasses and even products such as Google Cardboard.
- after a tear in the ACL recovery can be slow and painful
- your brain can actually change how it controls your movement if you use your injured leg in certain ways for prolonged periods of time
- this also raises the likelihood of injuries if you ‘baby’ problems for extended periods of time
“One of the most powerful tools for studying the brain, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is revolutionizing health and science.”