Maximizing quadriceps strength after ACL reconstruction

Clin Sports Med. 2008 Jul;27(3):405-24, vii-ix. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2008.02.001.


The primary objectives of ACL surgery and rehabilitation are to restore knee function to preinjury levels and promote long-term joint health. Often these goals are not achieved, however. The quadriceps is critical to dynamic joint stability, and weakness of this muscle group is related to poor functional outcomes. Because of this, identifying strategies to minimize quadriceps weakness following ACL injury and reconstruction is of great clinical interest. This article reviews the current literature and critically discusses current rehabilitation approaches to restore quadriceps muscle function after ACL reconstruction.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries*
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / physiopathology
  • Knee Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Knee Injuries / surgery
  • Muscle Strength / physiology*
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods*
  • Quadriceps Muscle / physiopathology*
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Recovery of Function / physiology