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Table 1 Rehabilitation protocol

From: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with quadriceps tendon autograft and press-fit fixation using an anteromedial portal technique

day 0-5 · Immobilization in a 0° splint
  · Lymphatic drain, cryotherapy
  · Three point gait, partial-weight bearing (up to 15 kg)
  · Active/passive range of motion 0/0/60
day 5 -21 · Active/passive range of motion 0/0/90
  · Three point gait, partial-weight bearing (up to 20–30 kg) in a brace
  · Lymphatic drainage, cryotherapy
  · Quadriceps strengthening
day 21-42 · Full weight-bearing without brace
  · Full active/passive range of motion
  · Quadriceps strengthening
  · Cycling, ergometer
week 6-12 · Muscle-strength training
  · Swimming, aquajogging
week 13-26 · Continuing strengthening exercises
  · Running if tolerated
6-9 months · Return to sports if muscle strength greater than 90° of the contralateral side