Editorial Commentary: Why the Mind Matters in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Recovery: Psychological Readiness and Return to Sport

Arthroscopy. 2022 Apr;38(4):1277-1278. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2021.10.033.


Following anterior cruciate ligament injury and surgery, it is important that we prepare athletes to return to sport not only from a physical perspective but also a psychological one. Typically, we are concerned for an athlete who has low confidence or high anxiety. However, can being too psychologically ready to return to sport also be a bad thing? While the optimal psychological profile will vary from person to person, evidence is emerging that more extreme responses may have detrimental consequences and increase the risk of further injury.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries* / psychology
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries* / surgery
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction* / psychology
  • Athletes / psychology
  • Humans
  • Return to Sport / psychology
  • Sports*