History of ACLR Surgery and Rehabilitation

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Intended Audience:

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers, and students of those fields

Contact Hours 1.25/CEU 1.25

This course meets the standards for 1.25 hours of continuing education by most state physical therapy boards. Please contact your state board for details on their specific requirements.

The Science PT (BOC AP#: P3211) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1.25 Category A hours/CEU.

Presenter: Erik Meira & JW Matheson


Our understanding of the ACL, it’s related pathophysiology, surgical strategies, and postoperative rehabilitation has an interesting history. We take a tour of the history and interview a couple guests who lived it.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Give an overview of ACL reconstruction strategies over the past 120 years
  • Explain the basic pros and cons of the first published ACLR rehab strategies

Reference List

  1. Chambat P, Guier C, Sonnery-Cottet B, Fayard JM, Thaunat M. The evolution of ACL reconstruction over the last fifty years. Int Orthop. 2013;37(2):181-186. doi:10.1007/s00264-012-1759-3
  2. Davarinos N, O’Neill BJ, Curtin W. A Brief History of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Adv Orthop Surg. 2014;2014:1-6. doi:10.1155/2014/706042
  3. Grindem H, Snyder-Mackler L, Moksnes H, Engebretsen L, Risberg MA. Simple decision rules can reduce reinjury risk by 84% after ACL reconstruction: the Delaware-Oslo ACL cohort study. Br J Sports Med. 2016:Epud ahead of print. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-096031
  4. Paulos L, Noyes FR, Grood E, Butler DL. Knee rehabilitation after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and repair. Am J Sports Med. 1981;9(3):140-149. doi:10.1177/036354658100900303
  5. Shelbourne KD, Gray T. Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with autogenous patellar tendon graft followed by accelerated rehabilitation. A two- to nine-year followup. Am J Sports Med. 1997;25(6):786-795. doi:10.1177/036354659702500610
  6. Torg JS, Conrad W, Kalen V. Clinical I diagnosis of anterior cruciate ligament instability in the athlete. Am J Sports Med. 1976;4(2):84-93. doi:10.1177/036354657600400206
  7. Yamamoto SK, Hartman CW, Feagin JA, Kimball G. Functional rehabilitation of the knee: A preliminary study. Am J Sports Med. 1975;3(6):288-291. doi:10.1177/036354657500300605


$31.25 (USD)

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