Purpose: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the Rolimeter® knee tester (Aircast®, Europe) as reliable and clinically sensitive tool for identifying and quantifying knee joint laxity utilising a sample of both known ACLD and normal knees.
Methods: Thirty matched subjects (15 known ACLD and 15 normal subjects) were tested for knee joint laxity using the Rolimeter®. Each subject was measured at both 90° and 30° of knee flexion, by each of the six investigators. This was then repeated again by all six investigators so that inter-tester and intra-tester reliability could be examined.
Results: Results showed that there was good reliability between testers, and intra-tester reliability was good for both left and right knees in both 90° and 30° of flexion. Results also demonstrated a high level of sensitivity for determining knee joint laxity in ACLD compared to normal knees.
Conclusion: The Rolimeter® knee tester is a reliable device for quantifying knee joint laxity, and is sensitive enough to identify anterior cruciate ligament deficiency. © 2005 Orthopaedic Research Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.