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.


Weight Training

2-3 times a week

• Squats
• Dead lifts
• Straight Leg Deadlifts
• Clean high pull
• Shrugs
• Leg press/hip sled
• Leg Curls
• Leg extensions (without knee pain)
• Inner/outer thigh
• Progress to full Olympic lifting