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 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

Advance to single leg lungs on BOSU without touching your back toe.