Why important


Re-tear rates

  • Re-tear rates are between 20-25%.
    This is mostly due to poor quality of care and understanding of what a full recovery looks like.
  • As much as 30% of under 20 year olds will sustain a 2nd ACL injury within 2yrs upon return to sport (compared to 5-10% of older age groups).

Grindem et el 2016

  • Patients who returned to level I sports had a 4.32 times higher reinjury rate than those who did not.
  • The reinjury rate was significantly reduced by 51% for each month RTS was delayed until 9 months after surgery.
  • 38.2% of those who failed RTS criteria suffered reinjuries versus 5.6% of those who passed.

Webster & Feller et el 2019

  • 84% of non-professional ACLR athletes expected to return to sport by 12 months.
    24% achieved this goal.

Greenberg et el 2018

  • 56% of Physios surveyed used manual muscle testing as their only means of strength testing ACLR patients.

Ardern et al. 2014

  • Approximately 81% of patients return to any kind of sport, 65% return to their pre-injury level of sports participation and only 55% return to competitive sports.

Fältström et al. 2021

  • 42% of female football players who returned to sport after ACL reconstruction suffered a new ACL injury.

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