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 guide 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

Step Ups

(3 sets of 15 repetitions)

Place one foot on bench/step, hike the hip on that side up. Take the weight off the other foot and use leg on bench to stand up. Slowly and in control step back down, when your foot touches ground hike your hip and step back up as if there are egg shells underneath the down foot. Do not push off of that foot.

Tips

Use both legs and remember to initiate step up with firing of hip.