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 hide 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

Weight Training (no limitations)

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