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When Can I Return To Sport After ACL Surgery?

When Can I Return To Sport After ACL Surgery?

June 2, 2016
Mick Hughes, Physiotherapist and Exercise Psychologist, Melbourne Sports Medicine Center

This question is one that I get asked often by patients who are planning surgery after rupturing their ACL. Unfortunately for my patients, I don’t have an answer that makes them feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.

My usual response is a long thoughtful sigh, followed by “How long is a piece of string?”. I also follow that up with the sobering statistic that 80% of ACL reconstruction (ACLR) patients return to some form of sport, 65% return to the same sporting level and only 55% return to sport at a competitive level within 1-2 YEARS post ACLR. >>

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