Successful treatment and management of post-operative anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction requires the clinician to have a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy, biomechanics, and mechanism of injury of the knee. With this understanding and the ability to recognize common presentation findings following reconstruction, the clinician will be able to accurately determine the patient’s prognosis and formulate an effective treatment plan using evidence-based principles. Emerging evidence suggests that there are key factors that must be addressed in the early stages of post-operative rehabilitation of an ACL reconstruction. If these factors are not addressed, the patient may develop asymmetries that limit proper progression. From healing principles to guidelines for when the patient is ready to begin functional activities, this program examines the latest evidence for the rehabilitation of reconstructed ACLs.

This webinar will provide the participant the opportunity to recognize important milestones that are essential for establishing an early foundation that ensures the patient is able to return to function. In addition, the course will present manual therapy techniques to address post-operative deficits in knee range of motion in order to promote side to side symmetry and facilitate quadriceps activation. Finally, upon completion the participant will be able to recognize and implement early post-operative functional tests to determine readiness for progression to the more functional phase of ACL rehabilitation.

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate


Course Objectives

  • Identify key anatomical structures and biomechanical principles as they relate to mechanism of injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
  • Identify the presentation of ACL tears following injury.
  • Identify the options for surgical reconstruction and associated procedures available following an ACL tear.
  • Identify key factors for success of early post-operative management of an ACL reconstruction.
  • Identify important milestones of early post-operative management of an ACL reconstruction to provide the athlete with a solid foundation for return to sports.

Course Agenda

  • Anterior cruciate ligament tear mechanism of injury and epidemiology
  • Anterior cruciate ligament anatomy and biomechanics
  • Presentation after anterior cruciate ligament injury
  • Surgical interventions and associated procedures for anterior cruciate ligament tear
  • Early post-operative management of the anterior cruciate ligament reconstructed knee
  • Important milestones for early post-operative management of the anterior cruciate ligament reconstructed knee
  • Setting the foundation for return to sports following reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament during the first 3 months



CRAIG GARRISON, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC is the Director of Research and Post-Professional Residencies at Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine also holding an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Physical Therapy. He completed his PhD in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications related to the prevention and treatment of knee and elbow injuries in addition to ongoing research involving clinical outcomes in the rehabilitation and return to sports after ACL and UCL reconstruction. He continues to treat high school, collegiate, and professional athletes in a variety of different sports and lectures on sports medicine topics both nationally and internationally. He is a NATA-BOC certified athletic trainer and on the Board of Directors for the NATA Foundation, as well as serving as Vice-Chair for the Sports Physical Therapy Residency SIG.


Contact Hours: 1.0

Price: $49


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