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Table 2 Characteristics of included studies

From: Anterior cruciate ligament repair with LARS (ligament advanced reinforcement system): a systematic review

Author (NHMRC level of evidence) Population (sample size) [Mean age in years] Comparison Follow up period (months) Post operative rehabilitation protocols
Lavoie et al. [27] (III-3) Chronic & acute (47)[31.6] NA 8-45 NR
Nau et al. [29] (II) Chronic (53)[30.9] Bone patellar bone autologous graft 2 6 12 24 Identical for both groups WB as tolerated x3/week physiotherapy sessions#
Liu et al. [28] (IV) Chronic (60)[36.0] 4SHG autologous graft 48-52 4SHG Group Week 0-8: SQ, SLR, Hinged brace Week 1-3: Static step for balance Week 3: Initiated Kn F exercises Week 10: Full WB Week 12:Normal ADL, Kn F > 120° 6 months: RTS (non competitive) 9 months: RTS and all activities LARS Group Week 0-1: SQ, SLR, Full Kn F Week 0.5-3: WB with Crutches 2 months: RTS (non competitive) 3-4 months: RTS and all activities
Gao et al. [8] (IV) Chronic & acute (159)[30.0] NA 36-62 Week 0-1: SQ, Kn F to 90°, crutches, partial WB Week 1-2: Kn F to 120° Week 2-4: progress to full WB 1-2 months: return to full ADLs 3 months: initiate return to jogging 6 months: RTS
  1. NR: not reported
  2. 4SHG: 4 strand hamstring graft autologous graft
  3. NA: Not applicable
  4. WB: weight bearing
  5. SLR: Straight leg raise
  6. SQ: Static quadriceps exercises
  7. RTS: Return to sport
  8. Kn F: Knee flexion
  9. ADLs: Activities of daily living
  10. *Chronic was termed greater than 3 months from injury time to surgery
  11. # For the first 3 months