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ACL Surgery - 6 Months Onwards

The main aim of this section is to really progress the dynamic and speed aspects of your rehabilitation. This is when you can start to introduce more sport-specific training.

What exercises should I be doing in this phase?

You should be aiming to be able to complete all of the exercises highlighted in the 3-6 month phase.

What about sport? 

A return to full contact competitive sport is normally from twelve months after your operation. However, you can start returning to training, kicking a ball or joining in with non-contact sessions like pre-season etc.

Is there a way to reduce the likelihood of having another injury?

Yes and here are some of the things that can really help to make sure you get the very best out of your surgery.

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Hewett TE, Di Stasi SL, Myer GD. Current concepts for injury prevention in athletes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. The American journal of sports medicine 2013;41(1):216-24.

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