Online Course
ACL Rehabilitation – Introduction
Anatomy, injury mechanisms and reconstruction of the ACL

3.5-4 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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The ACL ligament is a key structure in the knee joint. Injury to this ligament results in many complications and alters the stability and function of the knee. Since an ACL tear is a very common presentation in physiotherapy clinics, understanding the basic structure and function of this ligament is of great importance. This course will take you through the basics of anatomy, biomechanics, injury mechanics and ACL reconstruction. You will also learn about the grades of injury, the principles of surgical reconstruction and graft selection.


This course outlines the ACL's influence on knee mechanics, the typical injury positions, and surgical techniques.


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 activities
  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 3.5-4 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 3.5 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:

  • discuss the mechanisms of an ACL injury by referring to knee biomechanics and contributing factors
  • independently plan an examination based upon case representations of a person with an ACL injury
  • select at least 3 components that should be included in an ACL injury prevention program
  • list the 3 principal goals of ACL reconstruction
  • describe 4 types of grafts in ACL reconstruction surgery

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
I found this course really informative, even after years of experience seeing such patients. It was a good refresher and also a bonus to my existing knowledge.
Kira Huiqi Ho
I can compare the clinical difficulties I had in the past before I attended the ACL Rehabilitation course and now. I can see the past mistakes I made in ACL rehabilitation! I am more sure now about meeting a new case with an ACL injury.
Charles Nyangusi
This course is well organised and contains good information. The content of this course is very relevant, and it encourages participants to take more courses in the future.
موقع مميز وقوي علميا ويتيح التعلم بشكل سلس وسهل It is a distinguished and scientific site that allows smooth and easy learning.
Khaled Al jber
Physiotherapy Technician
Syrian Arab Republic
It is a well-evidenced and documented course on how to improve the quality of rehabilitation care rendered to ACL injured patients!
Herbert Omoding
This course benefited me and made me confident when working with my players who has an ACL injury
I enjoyed this course because it helped to shed more light on ACL injury rehabilitation
This course in its entirety gives us an explanation about how different aspects are involved with identifying assessing and treating a patient with an ACL injury as well as explaining about what surgical procedure is more beneficial in obtaining a quick result. A must-do course for all young and aspiring physios!! Kudos to team Physioplus!!!
If you are not very confident with your ACL Rehab knowledge, I highly recommend this course! It is a great place to start. Everything from anatomy and histology to surgeries to rehab programs is discussed in this course.
Dana Rafat Sweileh
United Arab Emirates
I highly recommend every orthopaedic physical therapist around the world to take the courses you share, because it is a great way to achieve the perfect continuous learning ever!
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If you are looking to get some quick knowledge about ACL injuries, you have come to the right place. This short course is perfect for students!
Physical Therapist
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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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