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Citation

Acevedo J, Boden AL, Greif DN, Emerson CP, Ruiz JT, Jose J, Feigenbaum LA, Kaplan LD. J. Athl. Train. 2020; ePub(ePub): ePub.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2020, National Athletic Trainers' Association (USA))

DOI

10.4085/465-19

PMID

33150421

Abstract

Management of isolated grade III medial collateral ligament injuries is controversial, as both non-operative and operative management can result in return to play. However, operative management is recommended in grade III cases with distal avulsion in elite athletes.

We present a standardized rehabilitation protocol in a case series of seven division I collegiate American football athletes with grade III distal MCL tears repaired operatively, with emphasis on return to play.

Median time to surgery was 4 days (range: 2-67 days). Median time from surgery to non-contact drills was 120.5 days (range: 104-168 days) and the median time from surgery to full contact sport was 181 days (range: 139-204 days). All players returned to play at their pre-injury level of competition.

Our study highlights how operative management with a standardized rehabilitation protocol can be applied to D1 football players with excellent return to play.


Language: en

Keywords

MCL Avulsion; MCL Repair; Physical Rehabilitation

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