Online Course
ACL Rehabilitation – Acute Management After Surgery
Learn from Luke O'brien how to plan acute management after ACL reconstruction

1.5-2 hours





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Luke O’Brien
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Luke O'Brien is a Physical Therapist specialising in the knee

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ACL injuries are unfortunately common in many sports. The consequences following the injury are devastating and can be career-ending for many athletes. By planning a thorough rehabilitation program, physiotherapists have a major role to play in a successful outcome and preventing future complications. This course considers the initial phase of such a programme that immediately follows surgery and which has a significant influence on the time taken to recover and the eventual outcome. It will give you an overview of the important goals, outcomes and management strategies up to 6 weeks following ACL reconstruction.


This course aims to take you through the important considerations and goals of the acute management after ACL reconstruction.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video presentation by Luke O'Brien
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.4 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • list 4 pre-op ACL management strategies
  • list at least 4 considerations before designing an ACL post-surgery rehabilitation program
  • discuss the 5 goals of the acute management phase
  • plan the management strategies appropriate for each of the 5 goals
  • list 4 criteria to move to the next phase of rehabilitation

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
It was a wonderful experience to learn from Luke O'Brien. He is an excellent clinician and a great educator of the subject. It was an incredible experience to go through this course—cheers to your efforts, and much love to Plus.
Prerak Arya
Great course! For just a couple of hours, I feel I've had a good refresher and learnt some important points that will help me develop and improve my current practice of managing acute ACL repairs.
Mark Roe
United Kingdom
This was a great refresher course and I learned a great deal.
Dincer Cure
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It was an excellent course for me and even though I have been practicing for 20 years I still found useful tips that I can use in my approach to ACL rehab.
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This course has been very phenomenal for me. I feel like an ACL expert at the end of the day!!
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Earlier in my practice, I had been convinced that there is no systematic approach to ACL rehab, believing that every patient is unique but this course has provided a checklist for evaluating my patients progress in a systematic manner as well as make timely evaluations and interventions for my patients during their rehab. Thank you so much Physiopedia team!
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