Online Course
ACL Rehabilitation – Return to Sport and Re-injury Prevention
Planning a safe return to sport

1-1.5 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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Many athletes fail to return to their previous level of performance and a great percentage experience a second ACL injury and undergo a revision reconstruction. The presence of neuromuscular control deficits is evident after surgery and may contribute to instability and re-injury. From here developed a need for a return to sport rehabilitation protocol and to set criteria that an athlete had to pass before returning to sport. The course discusses the final phases of rehabilitation before returning to sport and how to prepare athletes on high demanding sport-specific skills to prevent ACL-reinjury. It also takes into consideration the associated psychological factors and factors that predict outcomes after ACL-reconstruction.


By exploring ACL re-injury risk factors and prevention strategies, the four stages of training before returning to sport and the essential criteria of return to sport, this course aims to develop knowledge for returning individuals to sport following ACL injury.


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 1-1.5 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 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 7 risk factors associated with ACL re-injury
  • describe 4 re-injury prevention strategies
  • describe 6 criteria of predicting return to pre-injury status
  • discuss the 4 stages of return to sport rehabilitation protocol
  • list the 9 return to sport criteria

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
Great course to get you up to speed with the latest in ACL research and plan for the long term 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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