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

Single Leg Sport Cord

(3 sets of 1-2-3 minutes)

Same exercise but continue to advance your time to fatigue. If you were resting on your back foot toe, you can advance by resting your back foot on a chair or bench for balance. One second down, one second up, keep back straight, and never fully extend knee. Work to fatigue goal is 3 sets of 3 minutes each.

Tips

If you are advanced with the single leg sport cord add standing on the BOSU ball to challenge your balance with the exercise.