REHABILITATION AFTER ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT (ACL) SURGERY Rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction is milestone based and varies from patient to patient. One stage should be completed before moving on to the next. Timescales have been entered as a guide: RECOVERY PHASE (WEEKS 0-2)
THEME: REST, PAIN CONTROL & BRUISING REDUCTION An ACL reconstruction effectively causes a new major injury to the knee. It is very important not to “overdo things” initially and allow the injury to settle. Spend the majority of time at home with the knee elevated to the level of your chest Tubigrip support dressings will produce gentle compression Regular icing of the knee – 20 minutes, 5-6 times a day Regular pain killers (Paracetamol & ibuprofen if tolerated) Range of movement exercises concentrating on locking the knee out straight and gently flexing Regular foot and ankle exercises to help circulate venous blood Weight bear as tolerated with the help of crutches Goals: Pain control, wound healing
THEME: RANGE OF MOVEMENT AND SWELLING REDUCTION During this period the knee becomes less painful – allowing increased activity and mobility. The aim is to regain a full range of movement and reduce swelling. Discard crutches as comfort and stability allows and regain a normal walking pattern Continue to ice the knee after exercise and take Paracetamol or ibuprofen as needed Concentrate on regaining full knee extension. Knee flexion tends to improve as the swelling reduces Commence stationary cycling – initially on low resistance – as comfort allows. Goals: Full range of movement & minimal swelling
During this period the objective is to restore power and strength to the knee. Following the “trauma” of an ACL injury and reconstruction surgery it is inevitable that the muscles around the knee (especially the quadriceps) waste away. Strength needs to be restored to allow further activities. You should now be walking normally and performing “normal” activities of daily living Commence a gym based exercise programme emphasising strengthening of all muscle groups including quadriceps, hamstrings, calf, gluteals & core strength. Closed chain exercises (foot fixed or on something) are preferential during this period Activities include walking, cycling, swimming (not breaststroke kicks), rowing, cross-trainer Wobble board & balance activities Don’t overdo it! – the new graft is at its weakest during this time. Icing is still recommended after exercise Goals: Single leg squats to 90degrees, normal walking, minimal swelling,
During this period of rehabilitation power, reflexes and balance return to the knee – permitting increasingly strenuous activity and the start of more “dangerous” side-stepping or “cutting” manoeuvres. You may now commence jogging – avoid uneven ground and icy or slippery conditions Begin plyometric exercises – jumping, hopping, short straight line sprints Zig zag running & side to side hops Gently build up activity as power and confidence returns Goals: Power, balance & proprioception restoration in preparation for sports
specific training

THEME: ENDURANCE TRAINING, INJURY PREVENTION EXERCISES & “SPORTS SPECIFIC” TRAINING Fitness & aerobic endurance training Sports specific training and exercises as directed by team or sports physiotherapist Goals: Develop Match Fitness, regain sports specific skills and prevent further
The prevention programme "The 11" was developed by FIFA's medical research centre (F-MARC) in cooperation with a group of international experts. "The 11" is a simple, catchy and time-efficient preventive programme that comprises ten evidence-based or best-practice exercises and the promotion of Fair Play. THE PEP PROGRAMME
The Santa Monica Sports Medicine Research Foundation – The PEP Program: Prevent injury and Enhance Performance



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