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.

Strength

Lateral Agility with Sport Cord

(Up to 50 steps)

Wear the waist belt, attach hook of sport cord to waist belt, attach other side to door jam and place in door. Start in low "power position" with knees bent, so cord is tight. (Standing on one leg should pull you back to door.) With foot farthest from door, step out horizontally 12-18 inches, step inside foot toward outside foot and balance with toes, Step inside foot back to starting position. Progress to inside foot not using balance with a step to hopping with both feet. Keep low in power position with knees bent. Switch sides to work both legs.

Tips

Work toward hopping from one foot to the other if you have not already done so. Keep your butt down and in a power position.