2,5h lecture
[online] Designing the rehabilitation and return to play process after ACL reconstruction in team sports

In this 2,5h online seminar, Matthew Buckthorpe gives an in-depth insight into rehabilitation after ACL injuries.


Despite increased knowledge on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury mechanisms, improved surgical techniques, improved understanding of ACL biomechanics and enhanced knowledge in rehabilitation practice, return-to-sport rates and subsequent second ACL re-injury rates after ACL reconstruction are not optimal. For optimal outcomes, there is a need to have an optimal functional recovery process based on the bio-psycho-social framework. This lecture will discuss the important rehabilitation themes to be addressed post ACL injury including (1) joint homeostasis; (2) muscle strength; (3) movement quality; (4) fitness reconditioning and (5) psycho-social factors and demonstrate how they can be restored and assessed as part of a criterion based functional recovery process, from injury through to return to play for team sport athletes.

Key points  

  • Outcomes post ACL reconstruction
  • Programme design considerations
  • Rehabilitation themes
  • Injury mechanism
  • Early-stage rehabilitation
  • Mid-stage rehabilitation  
  • Late-stage rehabilitation  
  • On-field rehabilitation and the return-to-sport continuum

Target groups:

Physiotherapists, sports scientists, doctors, sports teachers and licensed trainers

Included services:

  • Presentation as a PDF
  • Certificate of participation
  • Interactive live seminar


After the online seminar, you will get a seminar certificate. It contains information on the type, content and duration.


  • Computer/mobile device with internet access
  • Speaker and microphone or headset
  • The zoom application, which can be downloaded from zoom.us or used as a web application at www.zoom.us.

About the speaker

Matthew Buckthorpe BSc, MSc, PhD is an educator, applied researcher and practitioner within the fields of sport, exercise and rehabilitation science. He is currently a senior lecturer at St Mary’s University, Twickenham (London, UK) in Physiology and Strength and Conditioning Science and consultant to Isokinetic Medical Group’s (FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence) Education and Research Department. Previously, Matt was a rehabilitation specialist and applied researcher with Isokinetic Medical Group (2012-2020) and consulted to the Performance Science department of Southampton Football Club. Matt’s background is as an Interdisciplinary Sport & Exercise Scientist. He attained a PhD in Neuromuscular Performance (2014) at Loughborough University and has more than 35 peer reviewed publications. His research interests are in neuromuscular performance, rehabilitation and return to sport post-ACL reconstruction and injury mechanisms and prevention. In particularly Matt focused heavily on translating research into practice and has published many leading education reviews and clinical commentaries in leading sports medicine journals. 

*This seminar serves to prepare, implement and ensure the quality of the training to become an OSCOACH ortho & sport expert.

*Diese berufliche Fort- und Weiterbildungsmaßnahme dient zur Vorbereitung, Durchführung und Qualitätssicherung der Ausbildung zum OSCOACH ortho & sport expert.

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