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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 174-177

Footballer's knee: Postoperative rehabilitation and return to play - A case study

1 Department of Physiotherapy, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Physiotherapy, School of Medicine, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia

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Hariharasudhan Ravichandran
Global Hospitals and Health City, 439, Cheran Nagar, Perumbakkam, Sholinganallur, Chennai - 600 100, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/sjsm.sjsm_12_17

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Rehabilitation of athlete in competitive contact sports such as football targets safe and early return to play. Accelerated rehabilitation programs are constantly updated in research literature, but they are limited to isolated ligament injuries. In this case study, rehabilitation of Dhanpal Ganesh, 24-year-old footballer of Indian National Team, who underwent right knee arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, anterolateral ligament reconstruction, iliotibial band tenodesis, lateral meniscectomy, has been outlined. To describe the characteristics of complex soft tissue injuries, operated arthroscopically, and report on player's rehabilitation program and clinical outcome. Dhanpal Ganesh was rehabilitated postoperatively up to 3 months. Data collected include a range of motion (ROM), manual muscle testing grades, and functional tests. At 8-week postoperative period, Dhanpal Ganesh had nearly full ROM, normal gait, and trained to run safely. By 10th week, he started to perform all sports specific drills. He was rehabilitated and set fit to play after 4 months from the date of surgery. Accelerated and injury-specific postoperative rehabilitation program is found to be effective in returning the footballer to sports.

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