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 6-7: Return to Practice Phase

Throughout months 6-7 you can start practicing your sport with your team. You can get physical in practice but only progress to play when you are fully confident. You will need both the physical strength and mental confidence before you start to compete and play.

Flexibility

Static Stretching

Flexibility

Hold each stretch for 20 seconds. Repeat 3 times 2-3 times a week.


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• Prone Quad Stretch
• Prone Hip Flexor Stretch
• Hamstring Stretch with Strap
• Abductor Stretch with Strap
• Piriformis Stretch with Strap
• IT Band Stretch with Stretch
• Calf Stretch with Strap
• Kneeling Psoas Stretch
• Supine IT Band Stretch
• Standing Abductor Stretch

Dynamic Stretching

Hold each stretch for 20 seconds. Repeat 3 times 2-3 times a week.

• Active Psoas stretch
• Active Glut-Piriformis Stretch
• Iron Cross
• Downward Dawg