How does recovery from ACLR affect BMI?

Catherine Logan

October 8th, 2019

Weight Gain After ACL Reconstruction in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients.
Source: Sports Health, first published September 5, 2019

Clinical Question: How does recovery from ACLR affect relative BMI?

Bottom Line: Pediatric and adolescent patients, especially those with a normal BMI, undergo significant changes to their BMI during recovery from ACLR.

Points to consider: Retrospective review of 666 pediatric and adolescent patients s/p ACLR were assessed at 8 standard-of-care follow-up appointment windows. Authors looked at % change in BMI percentile.

Takeaway: Patients failed to return to pre-surgical BMI percentile 2 years post-op. This finding suggests ACLR may have long-reaching, and often under appreciated, effects on body mass in this population.

About the Author:
Catherine A. Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT is a sports medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon and writer. Based in Denver, CO, she is an attending at Colorado Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics at Rose Medical Center.. Dr. Logan is the Head League Physician for Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) member of the team physician pool for the US Ski & Snowboard teams each year. Dr. Logan completed her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and her Sports Medicine Fellowship training at the prestigious Steadman Philippon Research Institute/The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. Logan is also on the board of The Chill Foundation.