Assessment of the pivot shift using inertial sensors

Stefano Zaffagnini, Cecilia Signorelli, Alberto Grassi, Han Yue, Federico Raggi, Francisco Urrizola, Tommaso Bonanzinga, Maurilio Marcacci

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The pivot shift test is an important clinical tool used to assess the stability of the knee following an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Previous studies have shown that significant variability exists in the performance and interpretation of this manoeuvre. Accordingly, a variety of techniques aimed at standardizing and quantifying the pivot shift test have been developed. In recent years, inertial sensors have been used to measure the kinematics of the pivot shift. The goal of this study is to present a review of the literature and discuss the principles of inertial sensors and their use in quantifying the pivot shift test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Mar 12 2016


  • Acceleration
  • ACL
  • Clinical grade
  • Pivot shift
  • Quantification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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