Stop the Guessing Game: Determining Return to Sport After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
Mike Reiman, PT, PhD, MEd, ATC
The rate of returning a post ACL reconstruction athlete back to sport post-surgery is generally 90%. However, clarity in the rate of play and performance is missing. Is this simply a surgical issue, or is post-surgical rehabilitation worthy of critique?
Determination of readiness to return an athlete back to sport is a shared decision making process between all stakeholders. The best available evidence is required to make such decisions. This course will highlight the current level of evidence regarding returning and athlete back to sport post-ACL reconstruction surgery. Strengths and weaknesses of post-surgical outcome reporting will be highlighted.
The overall goal of this educational session is to provide course attendees with in-depth understanding of return to sport decision-making, how current best evidence can be utilized, as well as provide the attendee with evidence-based, ‘ready to use’ information to prepare your athlete to return to sport.
Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
- Describe the key strengths and weaknesses of current return to sport outcome studies.
- Identify key variables discriminating return to play vs return to sport vs return to performance.
- Identify key components of late phase post-surgical rehabilitation programs to ready an athlete for return to sport testing
- Identify key components of late phase post-surgical rehabilitation programs that need to be addressed to ready an athlete for return to sport testing
- Identify key patient variables associated with poor surgical outcomes and success.