The For Soccer Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are among the most common injuries of lower limb in soccer. The touchstone for treatment of ACL tear is surgical reconstruction, which may overcome functional instability of knee joint, thereby lowering the risk of subsequent damage to articular cartilage and menisci. However, there is lacking clear criteria when deciding with players aiming for return to competitive games after ACL reconstruction (ACLR) surgery. Several disparities related to the player “return to play” remain controversy. For example, how should “return to play” be distinguished exactly? When is the ideal timing to enable a return to play? What factors affect return to play? Which objective measure can be used in the decision-making process? The aim of this annotated bibliography is to outline key evidences and criteria-based progression available for players to optimally safe return to competitive soccer after undergoing ACL reconstruction.
1) Bizzini, M., Hancock, D., & Impellizzeri, F. (2012). Suggestions from the ﬁeld for return to sports participation following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: Soccer. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 42(4), 304–312.
This clinical commentary emphasized on gradual and progressive return to competitive soccer following ACLR. The author discriminates between different types of return to play. The ﬁrst ‘return’ is the most…