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 5-6: Return to Drills Phase

Throughout months 5-6 you will continue to work on improving strength and balance and start getting back to your game. You can add the BOSU ball with your strengthening exercises and start sport specific drills and start to be a part of your team.

Plyometric

Single-Leg Line Jump - Figure 8 (Hold)

Stand on surgical leg. Start in an athletic position (butt back, knee bent, chest forward) in one corner of a t-shaped tapeline. Perform a quarter squat into a jump, heading diagonally towards the opposite top corner. Land softly, maintaining knee bent and in line with foot position. Hold landing for 2 seconds. Perform a quarter squat again continuing your jumps in a figure 8 pattern. Each time you return to the corner you started from is considered one repetition. Perform 4 sets of the figure 8 pattern, resting after the completion of each set.