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.

Strength

Single Leg Lunge on Unstable Surface

(3 sets of 15 repetitions)

Place front foot on (bosu ball/dyna disc) place other foot behind you, resting on toe (or rest your back foot on a chair or bench). Keep 90 degree flexion in knee and hip. Drop back knee to floor and front knee to 90 degree = 1 rep, stand and repeat. Progress so both feet on unstable surface.

Tips

Advance with weights or eye hand coordination drills with balancing one leg on ball and doing your lunges.