After your ACL reconstruction, it is important to know when you are ready to return to your sport at a competitive level. Our program was presented at a National PT conference in New Orleans 2018. We will present again in Feb 2021 at the National APTA conference. Our program not only reduces the risk of reinjury but improves your movement efficiency, speed, jumping, landing and cutting.
Current research shows an alarming 23% of post ACL reconstructed athletes reinjure their knee! This is caused by several factors:
Returning too early < 6 months 90%+ reinjury
Fear Avoidance, afraid to use the knee in function
Decreased quad and hamstring strength
Decreased speed of movement
Continue with poor movement patterns
You will receive a baseline evaluation and monthly assessments. We use advanced technology and other tests to evaluate the knee:
Dynanometer: compares the strength of both legs
Dorsa Vi: Evaluates the knee angles in function
Force Plates: Assess ground reaction force
Y-Balance: Assesses the stability of the knee in Phase I
Hop Tests: Assesses the power and stability in Phase II, III
Mobility: Measure knee, ankle, hip and trunk mobility
These reports will also be sent to your MD.
Your return requires dedication. Our program consists of proper warm-up, agility, balance, neuromuscular control, jump training, acceleration/deceleration, strength, power and conditioning.
3 phase with objective criteria
Phase I: Low intensity, form emphasis, strength
Phase II: Medium intensity, controlled reaction, power
Phase III: High intensity, reactive, speed, and Max VO2
ARE YOU READY??
We will not return you too early. You will know when you can say "I'm Ready"
Returning back to your sport requires:
Biologic readiness of the graft= approximately 9-12 mos.