An ACL Tear Used To Be Career - Ending. Now it's just a Setback.

An ACL Tear Used To Be Career - Ending. Now it's just a Setback.

 Lindsey Vonn did it again, winning the downhill and super-g in Alberta. ( PHOTO:   Lindsey Vonn  /Facebook)

Lindsey Vonn did it again, winning the downhill and super-g in Alberta. (PHOTO: Lindsey Vonn/Facebook)

Many athletes are bouncing back from ACL injuries to be even stronger performers than they were pre-injury.
— Dr. Sterett

Some recent data has shown that athletes coming back from ACL injury can not only return to their pre-injury level but often exceed where they had been.

I know that on the US Ski Team, for instance, most of the athletes historically have had their best successes after their first major knee injury. 

Now the French Alpine Ski Team has published a study showing that longer careers and more successes were seen in their athletes that had torn their ACL at some point during their career.  

According to the study, 23% of their athletes that had torn their ACL at some point had achieved a podium in their career, while just 8% of their athletes that had never torn their ACL ever achieved a podium.  

More than 3 x as many podiums were achieved in athletes AFTER they had torn their ACL than before any injury to their ACL.

With recent innovations, the time to recover from an ACL injury will continue to decrease.
— Dr. Sterett

Pain and Gain #ACL #Recovery

With modern, minimally invasive techniques to reconstruct the ACL, pain is rarely an issue affecting the rehabilitation.  We have already reviewed that return to sport, and the timing of return, is partly a rehabilitation issue, and partly a “mother nature” issue meaning that we have to wait for the new ACL to “remodel” or get strong enough to accept the loads required to participate in sports.  

"Season-Ending"...for Now. #ACL #Rehabilitation

 Adrian Peterson is having another stellar season after recovering from an ACL injury.

Adrian Peterson is having another stellar season after recovering from an ACL injury.

For now, ACL injuries may be a season ending injury, but as we improve our biologic enhancement of healing with growth factors, stem cells, PRP and nutrition, the time to return to sports after ACL surgery will continue to decrease.  

Remodel with Confidence #ACL #recovery

It may take the new ACL a full year to remodel currently and get as strong as it is going to, yet we often allow athletes back to sports at 6-9 months once their rehabilitation is complete.  Hopefully we can feel more confident doing this going forward.

Return back to sports - with confidence #ACL 

So while ACL injuries used to be considered career ending, and are now considered season ending, we shouldn’t be afraid to shoot for a return to sports at our previous level of success….or higher!


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