Fifty-five percent return to competitive sports following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis including aspects of physical functioning and contextual factors
Ardern CL, Taylor NF, Feller JA, & Webster KE. Br J Sports Med. Published online first August 25, 2014. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-093398 http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2014/08/24/bjsports-2013-093398.short
Take Home Message: Only 55% of athletes returned to competitive sport following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. The debate continues as to whether hamstring or patellar tendon autograft is better. However, factors that may favor return to competitive sport include younger age, male gender, elite sport, and a positive psychological response.
Return to sport participation following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is often considered a measure of surgery success. Unfortunately, we don’t have a good estimate of how often athletes successfully return to activity rates after an ACL reconstruction and which factors (individual and external) may affect return to activity. Therefore, Ardern and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis to determine the return to sport rate after an ACL reconstruction and which factors favored returning to play.