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25 recent ACL papers that will improve your clinical practice

Each year, there are literally 1000's of scientific ACL papers that are published in journals.

So to help block out the noise, and help you focus on the things that will actually help your clinical practice and your patient outcomes, I have found a list of 25 papers that are highly relevant in helping you be a better clinician.

Even better, the list of 25 papers below are FREE full text papers! To get access to the paper, just simply click on the link.

So without further ado, here they are, so jump on in!

Rehab vs Early ACLR vs Delayed ACLR

Filbay et al 2023

Evidence of ACL healing on MRI following ACL rupture treated with rehabilitation alone may be associated with better patient-reported outcomes: a secondary analysis from the KANON trial

Reijman et al 2021

Early surgical reconstruction versus rehabilitation with elective delayed reconstruction for patients with anterior cruciate ligament rupture: COMPARE randomised controlled trial

van der Graaff et al 2022

Why, When, and in Which Patients Nonoperative Treatment of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Fails: An Exploratory Analysis of the COMPARE Trial

Saueressig et al 2022

Primary surgery versus primary rehabilitation for treating anterior cruciate ligament injuries: a living systematic review and meta-analysis

Whittaker et al 2022

OPTIKNEE 2022: consensus recommendations to optimise knee health after traumatic knee injury to prevent osteoarthritis

ACL Injury Prevention / Risk Reduction

Parsons et al 2021

Anterior cruciate ligament injury: towards a gendered environmental approach

Arundale et al 2022

ACL injury prevention: Where have we come from and where are we going?

Arundale et al 2023

Exercise-Based Knee and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Prevention

Crossley et al 2020

Making football safer for women: a systematic review and meta-analysis of injury prevention programmes in 11 773 female football (soccer) players

Al Attar et al 2022

Injury prevention programs that include plyometric exercises reduce the incidence of anterior cruciate ligament injury: a systematic review of cluster randomised trials

Kellis et al 2022

Is hamstrings-to-quadriceps torque ratio useful for predicting anterior cruciate ligament and hamstring injuries? A systematic and critical review

ACL Injury Epidemiology

Chia et al 2022

Non-contact Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Epidemiology in Team-Ball Sports: A Systematic Review with Meta-analysis by Sex, Age, Sport, Participation Level, and Exposure Type

Clinical Tests for Acute ACL Injury

Tanaka et al 2022

Diagnostic Accuracy of Physical Examination Tests for Suspected Acute Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Pre-op ACLR Rehab

Giesche et al 2020

Evidence for the effects of prehabilitation before ACL-reconstruction on return to sport-related and self-reported knee function: A systematic review

ACLR Rehabilitation

Brinlee et al 2021

ACL Reconstruction Rehabilitation: Clinical Data, Biologic Healing, and Criterion-Based Milestones to Inform a Return-to-Sport Guideline

Culvenor et al 2022

Rehabilitation after anterior cruciate ligament and meniscal injuries: a best-evidence synthesis of systematic reviews for the OPTIKNEE consensus

Buckthorpe et al 2021

Recommendations for Plyometric Training after ACL Reconstruction - A Clinical Commentary

Kasmi et al 2021

The Effects of Eccentric and Plyometric Training Programs and Their Combination on Stability and the Functional Performance in the Post-ACL-Surgical Rehabilitation Period of Elite Female Athletes

Koc et al 2022

Effect of Low-Load Blood Flow Restriction Training After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Systematic Review

ACL Return to Sport Testing

Roe et al 2022

Test Batteries After Primary Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Systematic Review

van Melick et al 2021

Quadriceps and Hamstrings Strength Reference Values for Athletes With and Without Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Who Play Popular Pivoting Sports, Including Soccer, Basketball, and Handball: A Scoping Review

Kotsifaki et al 2022

Single leg hop for distance symmetry masks lower limb biomechanics: time to discuss hop distance as decision criterion for return to sport after ACL reconstruction?

Kotsifaki et al 2022

Single leg vertical jump performance identifies knee function deficits at return to sport after ACL reconstruction in male athletes

Ebert et al 2021

Which Hop Tests Can Best Identify Functional Limb Asymmetry in Patients 9-12 Months After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Employing a Hamstrings Tendon Autograft?

Hogberg et al 2022

Persistent knee flexor strength deficits identified through the NordBord eccentric test not seen with "gold standard" isokinetic concentric testing during the first year after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with a hamstring tendon autograft

I really hope you get something useful out of these papers as much as I have!

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