RETURN TO PLAY Post-Surgery GOALS

These exercises will guide you from 3 months until 8 months post surgery. It is vital to faithfully adhere to the following program to avoid re-injury to the ACL reconstruction. Having a physical therapist or certified athletic trainer to help hide you through this program is often helpful.

Months 3-4: Jogging Phase

Throughout months 3 through 4 you will work on functional strengthening with moving forwards and backwards, increasing your cardiovascular fitness and starting a jogging progression, core strengthening and overall lower extremity flexibility.

Strength

Lunge Walks with Abduction

(3 sets of 15 steps in each direction)

Keep 90 degree flexion in knee and hip. When front leg bent "fire" outside quad muscle so knee goes to outside. When standing back up keep knee out or straight over toes.

Tips

Make sure your front knee does not go over your toe. Hint: Drop your back knee down toward ground.