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Factors Related to Return to Sport After ACL Reconstruction: When Is It Safe?

  • Clare L. Ardern
  • Julian A. Feller
  • Kate E. Webster
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Abstract

Current clinical practice permits patients to return to sport at between 6 and 12 months postoperatively. There is high-quality evidence to indicate that most patients (93 %) do attempt some form of sport after surgery. However, it appears that, at best, only approximately 60 % return to their pre-injury level of sports participation. There are many factors that may influence when it is safe to return to sport, and many criteria have been used to guide the patient and treating health professional. However, the validity of such criteria remains to be established. Similarly, there may be aspects of graft healing that influence safety in return to sport, but these are yet to be fully explored in vivo. The health of other structures in the knee must also be considered when making return-to-play decisions. The clinician should ask the following: Is it safe for the ACL graft, and is it safe for the health of the whole knee for the patient to return to sport at this time?

Keywords

Sport Participation Knee Function International Knee Documentation Committee Neuromuscular Control Graft Healing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clare L. Ardern
    • 1
  • Julian A. Feller
    • 2
  • Kate E. Webster
    • 1
  1. 1.Lower Extremity and Gait Studies ProgramSchool of Allied Health, Health Science 3 Building, La Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia
  2. 2.OrthoSport VictoriaRichmondAustralia

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