Mercy’s Dr John-Paul Rue Discusses Playing Sports After ACL Injury, Surgery

September 21, 2020
Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

The ACL is a key ligament that helps stabilize the knee. It's typically torn during contact sports or sports with a lot of stopping and starting, which are tough on the knees.

A torn ACL usually requires surgery. The most common question from injured athletes is when they can return to playing sports. According to board certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon Dr. John-Paul Rue, in an ideal world, it takes one year.

"Waiting at least nine months after surgery significantly decreases your risk of re-injury of that knee. Most athletes are ready somewhere in the six-month time frame, but there's a significant component of strength endurance and also a psychological component to returning to sports," Rue said.

Studies show ACL re-injury is about seven times higher in athletes who return to knee-strenuous sports in less than nine months.

View Mercy’s Dr. John-Paul Rue’s interview regarding ACL injury and returning to sports.


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