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Can I run marathon after ACL reconstruction?
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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Generally yes
The purpose of aclr is restoring stability to your knee for athletic activities (though acl is more important in cutting/pivoting/agility/jumping and less so for straight line running).
Proper and complete rehabilitation followed by proper marathon training should allow you to run. Talk to your surgeon--other factors such as cartilage or meniscus injuries could be more limiting. Good luck!

In brief: Generally yes
The purpose of aclr is restoring stability to your knee for athletic activities (though acl is more important in cutting/pivoting/agility/jumping and less so for straight line running).
Proper and complete rehabilitation followed by proper marathon training should allow you to run. Talk to your surgeon--other factors such as cartilage or meniscus injuries could be more limiting. Good luck!
Dr. Theodore Shybut
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Dr. Robert Lupo
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, however
Any other associated injuries .
.. Meniscal tears, cartilage damage you may want to consider a lower impact activity to prevent arthritis from setting in.

In brief: Yes, however
Any other associated injuries .
.. Meniscal tears, cartilage damage you may want to consider a lower impact activity to prevent arthritis from setting in.
Dr. Robert Lupo
Dr. Robert Lupo
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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: YES!!
After successful surgical technique, enough time for the graft to heal, and adequate return of strength, you should be able to return to running.
As others have stated, straight ahead running can generally start 3-6 months after acl reconstruction. Strength will improve gradually.

In brief: YES!!
After successful surgical technique, enough time for the graft to heal, and adequate return of strength, you should be able to return to running.
As others have stated, straight ahead running can generally start 3-6 months after acl reconstruction. Strength will improve gradually.
Dr. Vishal Shah
Dr. Vishal Shah
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Dr. Bryan Reuss
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes!
Yes! ...Once cleared by your surgeon (usually around 6 months post-op).

In brief: Yes!
Yes! ...Once cleared by your surgeon (usually around 6 months post-op).
Dr. Bryan Reuss
Dr. Bryan Reuss
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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Yes
If you have recovered fully after an acl reconstruction, you can train for and complete a marathon.
Each surgeon has their own post-op protocols, but generally running straight is allowed around 4 months but cutting and jumping is not allowed until 6 months. However, most athletes report not quite being themselves for up to a year after surgery.

In brief: Yes
If you have recovered fully after an acl reconstruction, you can train for and complete a marathon.
Each surgeon has their own post-op protocols, but generally running straight is allowed around 4 months but cutting and jumping is not allowed until 6 months. However, most athletes report not quite being themselves for up to a year after surgery.
Dr. Robert Purchase
Dr. Robert Purchase
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