Psychological Factors Impacting ACL Recovery

September 7th, 2020

Psychological Barriers After ACLR: A Clinical Review of Factors Influencing Postoperative Success
Source: Sports Health, first published August 30, 2019

Clinical Question: Do psychosocial factors following ACL injury directly influence at individual’s decision to return to sport following ACLR?
Bottom Line: Psychosocial factors relative to injury are important components of the rehab process.
Points to consider: While there is no simple way to evaluate for or to address these psychosocial factors – providing an opening for patients to express their emotions, experiences and perceptions during the rehabilitation process is important. Starting the conversation can lead to their willingness to seek counsel or care.
Takeaway: Just acknowledging these psychosocial factors by clinicians (therapists, trainers and physicians) goes a long way!

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.