Optimizing return to play after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in soccer players: An evidence based approach | Abstract

International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences (IJMRHS)
ISSN: 2319-5886 Indexed in: ESCI (Thomson Reuters)


Optimizing return to play after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in soccer players: An evidence based approach

Author(s):Florian Forelli*, Clement Sansonnet, Steeve Chiapolini, Jean Mazeas, Amaury Vandebrouck, Pascal Duffiet, Louis Ratte and Maude Traulle

Background: Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear is currently a main issue in all of sports communities. Although the number of ACL injuries in football remains low, it’s consequences on both professional and personal lives remain a major concern of rehabilitation.

Methods: If practitioners often require more time to bring athletes in the best condition, the fact remains that this concept of time before return to sport is nowadays considered as obsolete. Indeed, the better understanding of the mechanisms of lesion and the strains placed on the graft after reconstruction, allow us to establish a personalized program based on clinical criteria and the patient's objectives.

Results: The current scientific literature allows us today to optimize the return to play and performance by the use of neuromotor and neurocognitive approaches, muscle strengthening methods and a preventive program necessary to recover the previous level of the players while taking into account physiological and psychological changes due to ACL reconstruction. Indeed, it is important to have a systemic approach centered on the patient, the sports movement, as close as possible to the field in order to find an optimal function of the knee in interaction with its environment.

Conclusion: In order to reduce risk of reinjury and allow best performance for the player, it appears important to be able to identify the risk factors so that the player can return to play in optimal conditions.

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