ACL Rehabilitation – Return to Sport and Re-injury Prevention

Online Course: ACL Rehabilitation – Return to Sport and Re-injury Prevention

Planning a safe return to sport

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Luke O'Brien

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Luke O'Brien

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

1-1.5 hours

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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.

Featured review

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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