While orthopedic surgeons generally expect athletes and active people to return to their same level of performance after ACL surgery, it is by no means guaranteed. In fact, many studies show return-to-sports rates at 12 months after surgery around 66%. Why do one-third struggle to play after these surgeries?

One of the biggest reasons athletes give for not returning to sports is fear of reinjury.

ACL injuries are very traumatic events. Some athletes describe the events as feeling like their knee exploded. It swells up like a basketball. They hurt when they try to put weight on it. Then they undergo surgery and months and months of physical therapy to recovery.

Then they start the process of trying to get back on the court or field. They have to learn to trust their knee again. For some athletes, from the youth to pro levels, it can be hard to avoid thinking about that initial injury.

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In my book That’s Gotta Hurt: The Injuries That Changed Sports Forever, I explain ACL injuries and surgeries and what the recovery process from them really entails. If you play sports or have children who do, this information is critical to help you not only stay healthy but also perform your best. Order your copy now from AmazonBarnes and NobleBooks-A-MillionApple iBookstoreTargetIndieBound or Powell’s Books.

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