The ACLR Recovery Journey
ACLR (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstructions and ruptures (ligament tears) can be a devastating injury.
ACL injuries often have such a massive impact on an each person usually due to the fact that it is often an athlete who tears their ACL during a season, and therefore, have to end their season. The options for recovery can include non-operative management or surgical management.
ACL injuries also have a very high rate of re-injury and take 12 months to get back on the field (court or snow), and maintenance rehab training can often lead into 2-5 years.
My ACLR Experience
I injured my ACL in 2021 playing competitive soccer. I have shared my experience through my blog posts to hopefully provide some insight to what this injury entails and to support other athlete in their injury recovery.
I tore my left ACL playing soccer, I completed prehab for 3 months, then had surgery with a bone-patellar-bone graft at the end of 2021. It ended my soccer season, it took me out of the snowboarding season and had me off work for two separate bouts of about 5 weeks each. As a physiotherapist, I have also diagnosed and treated many patients who have had this injury, not once but multiple tears and surgeries. The path might be long and hard, but having certain supports set it place can make the path easier. In the end, you will get out of rehab what you put into it, so make it worth it.
If you just injured your ACL, you can purchase the ACL Injuries ebook which will take you through what this injury will entail.
- Q&A with Jian Soares – Canada Snowboard Senior Physiotherapist 🏂Hear from experienced snow physio about return to snow sports after anterior cruciate ligament injuries and more!
- Read this if you are returning to the ski hill post-op ACLR! Q&A with post-op skiing athlete.Returning to skiing after your ACLR? Read these insights from a client to help prepare!
- Tips from a snowboarder to get back to the hill after ACLRQ&A with snowboarder & ACLR who is a past client – smashed his rehab and is back on the hill!
- Staying on track with ACLR rehab3 tips to stay on track during the ACLR rehab journey.
- Exercises to help with knee stiffnessLearn exercises to do for your knee stiffness after ACLR surgery.
- Feature on Brace SocialRead about the Brace community for ACLR athletes.
- Post-Op ACLR – After 12 monthsHow it feels being 18 months post-op ACLR and meniscectomy.
- ACL and Jaw surgery – what do these have in common?Watch this 15 minute interview as we discuss ACLR and double jaw surgery, and surgical expectations.
- Get POWERFUL Post-op ACLRAn introduction to power based exercises for knee rehab.
- How to get Extension back after your ACLRAre knee extensions safe after ACLR surgery? YES.
- ACLR 9-12 months post-opReturning to sport post-op ACLR and meniscectomy
- Post-Op Months 3-9Putting in the work for ACLR rehab from months 3-9.
- Post-Op – The initial couple weeksMy experience the first few weeks after ACLR surgery.
- The Decision to get ACLR SurgerySurgical route for ACL reconstruction – a multi-factorial decision.
- Tearing My ACLThe initial steps after my ACL tear.
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