ACL Rehab Return To Play: Are you ready?
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Australia has the second highest rate of ACL injuries in the world.
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Australia has more than 10,000 surgical knee reconstructions every year.
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This figure is rising 5-6% per year.
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Did you know you’re 4x more likely to re-injure your ACL a second time if you don’t pass some basic testing criteria?
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Key quantitative tests as proposed by Kyritsis et al. 2016:
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✅ Less than 10% difference between limbs on various hoping tests
✅ Less than 11 seconds on agility T-test
✅ Strength ratio between quadriceps no greater than 10%
✅ Strength ratio between quadriceps and hamstrings of 1.5:1.0
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Passing a few simple tests means you are 4x less likely to re-injure an ACL.
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Some proposed qualitative questions:
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✅ Does the athlete have confidence through: jumping, change of direction, sprinting & deceleration?
✅ Does the athlete feel a noticeable difference between the injured and non-injured limb?
✅ Does the athlete feel confident to return to contact sport?
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The best ACL rehab I’ve seen was a physical and mental transformation, the mental aspect should not be disregarded.
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Don’t guess your return to play, use both measurable and non-measurable outcomes!
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With these kind of alarming figures plaguing Australian sport, can more be done in the prevention of this?
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Could sporting clubs be taking basic measures to help prevention?
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The basics aren’t rocket science, merely a process of engaging a professional and adhering to a pre-hab protocol.
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We love helping injured athletes get back to full fitness & return to play.
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DM or visit www.helixsp.com for more information
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Coach Tim

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