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If I have an ACL tear, will I ever be able to play competitive football again?
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Most athletes are able to return to their sport after successful ACL reconstruction.

In brief: Yes
Most athletes are able to return to their sport after successful ACL reconstruction.
Dr. Barry Waldman
Dr. Barry Waldman
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Dr. James Chen
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
One large study showed that nfl football players returned to play at an average of 11 months after surgery for acl reconstruction.
The level of performance was not has high but that varied according to position, with quarterback having the highest level of performance compared to pre-injury.

In brief: Yes
One large study showed that nfl football players returned to play at an average of 11 months after surgery for acl reconstruction.
The level of performance was not has high but that varied according to position, with quarterback having the highest level of performance compared to pre-injury.
Dr. James Chen
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: It depends.
If you have an ACL tear you should have it reconstructed or avoid playing contact sports.
Even with a good ACL brace, the knee is prone to instability wtih pivoting and cutting. When this occurs the knee subluxes and the meniscus can be torn increasing the risk of arthritis later on. If the ACL is reconstructed, the knee will never be the same as it was, but you can play with less risk.

In brief: It depends.
If you have an ACL tear you should have it reconstructed or avoid playing contact sports.
Even with a good ACL brace, the knee is prone to instability wtih pivoting and cutting. When this occurs the knee subluxes and the meniscus can be torn increasing the risk of arthritis later on. If the ACL is reconstructed, the knee will never be the same as it was, but you can play with less risk.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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