Return to Sport after ACL Reconstruction and Other Knee Operations

Limiting the Risk of Reinjury and Maximizing Athletic Performance

  • Frank R. Noyes
  • Sue Barber-Westin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Problems and Barriers for Successful Return to Sport

  3. Return to Sport: Whose Decision Is It?

  4. Spectrum of Optimal Treatment of ACL Injuries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Timothy P. Heckmann, Frank R. Noyes, Sue Barber-Westin
      Pages 157-172
    3. Elanna K. Arhos, Jacob J. Capin, May Arna Risberg, Lynn Snyder-Mackler
      Pages 173-191
    4. Frank R. Noyes, Sue Barber-Westin
      Pages 193-221
    5. Stephen D. Patterson, Luke Hughes, Johnny Owens
      Pages 261-274
  5. Return to Sport Advanced Training Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. George J. Davies, Bryan L. Riemann
      Pages 277-304
    3. Sue Barber-Westin, Frank R. Noyes
      Pages 305-340
    4. Kevin E. Wilk, Christopher A. Arrigo
      Pages 341-358
    5. James Onate, Daniel Herman, Dustin Grooms, Zach Sutton, Gary Wilkerson
      Pages 359-381
    6. Frank R. Noyes, Sue Barber-Westin
      Pages 383-419
    7. Sue Barber-Westin, Frank R. Noyes
      Pages 421-455
  6. Objective Testing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 457-457
    2. Frank R. Noyes, Sue Barber-Westin
      Pages 459-480
    3. Sue Barber-Westin, Frank R. Noyes
      Pages 481-503
    4. Frank R. Noyes, Sue Barber-Westin
      Pages 505-528
    5. Katherine J. Hunzinger, Charles Buz Swanik
      Pages 529-540
  7. Psychological Readiness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 541-541
    2. Rogelio A. Coronado, Simone Herzberg, Kristin R. Archer
      Pages 563-573
  8. Other Knee Operations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 575-575
    2. Frank R. Noyes, Sue Barber-Westin
      Pages 577-591
    3. Jessica L. Traver, Mininder S. Kocher
      Pages 593-605
    4. Taylor M. Southworth, Neal B. Naveen, Tracy M. Tauro, Ian J. Dempsey, Jorge Chahla, Brian J. Cole
      Pages 659-672
    5. Frank R. Noyes, Sue Barber-Westin, Timothy P. Heckmann
      Pages 673-696
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 697-709

About this book


The wealth of information provided in this unique text will enable orthopedic surgeons, medical practitioners, physical therapists, and trainers to ensure that athletes who suffer anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, or who require major knee operations for other reasons, have the best possible chance of safely resuming sporting activity at their desired level without subsequent problems. Divided into seven thematic sections, the coverage is wide-ranging and encompasses common barriers to return to sport, return to sport decision-based models, and the complete spectrum of optimal treatment for ACL injuries, including preoperative and postoperative rehabilitation. Advanced training concepts are explained in detail, with description of sports-specific programs for soccer, basketball, and tennis. Readers will find detailed guidance on objective testing for muscle strength, neuromuscular function, neurocognitive function, and cardiovascular fitness, as well as validated assessments to identify and manage psychological issues. In addition, return to sport considerations after meniscus surgery, patellofemoral realignment, articular cartilage procedures, and knee arthroplasty are discussed.

Generously illustrated and heavily referenced, Return to Sport after ACL Reconstruction and Other Knee Operations is a comprehensive resource for all medical professionals and support staff working with athletes and active patients looking to get back in the game with confidence.


ACL trauma Advanced neuromuscular training Anterior cruciate ligament Articular cartilage restoration Dynamic balance stability tests Knee osteoarthritis Knee surgery Meniscectomy Neurocognitive testing Patellofemoral realignment Plyometric exercise Preoperative rehabilitation Psychological readiness sports Reinjury risk reduction Return to sport Sportsmetrics neuromuscular training

Editors and affiliations

  • Frank R. Noyes
    • 1
  • Sue Barber-Westin
    • 2
  1. 1.Professor of Orthopaedic SurgeryEmeritus, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Noyes Knee InstituteCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Noyes Knee InstituteCincinnatiUSA

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