ACL Return to Play Program

ACL Return to Play Program

The dreaded anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury seems to be the catastrophic event that strikes fear in every athlete and parent. Most understand that an ACL tear will likely result in a season-ending surgery, months of rehabilitation, and possibly missing a following season. What is less known though, is that following ACL reconstruction surgery studies show that less than half return to their sport within a given year, and approximately 1 in 4 may sustain a second significant knee injury. This communicates the extreme importance of a prolonged and thorough strength and conditioning program prescribed by professionals to return the athlete to sport, and prevent future injury.ACL return to play strength training

After you’re done with physical therapy you’re still not ready to return to your sport. Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists and Total Performance Training Center of Jackson, MI understands the importance of preventing injury as well returning an individual to their sport as safely and quickly as possible. Total Performance utilizes a unique and patented ACL Return to Play (RTP) Program to safely return these athletes to sport. The program consists of personalized movement training to reteach key movement patterns to help prevent situations where an athlete may be injured as well as prescribe strength and condition programs to fit the athlete’s needs.


-Most athletes are ready to begin the Return to Play program at approximately 4 months post surgery or when they are finished with their physical therapy.

-The RTP program begins with an individualized 1 on 1 evaluation with our certified performance coach.

-Programs average 2-3 days per week for 8-12 weeks but all programs are individualized based on the progress of each athlete.

-Each week athletes will schedule 2 training sessions which are followed by their strength training. The athletes will be encouraged to come in one additional time each week for their third strength training session.

-The 1st 4 training sessions are 1 on 1 training sessions, to ensure the athlete has very specific instruction and personalized attention.
ACL return to play

-The 1st hour of each session is sport-specific movement training and then followed by 30-5 minutes of safe, progressive and comprehensive strength training that’s designed to strengthen the muscles responsible for knee stabilization.

– As with our other programs, this medically-based protocol is combined with patented technology to optimize sport-specific and traditional rehabilitation activities.


This is a monthly program and the first month costs $185.00. Each month following is $145.00.

The first month is slightly higher, because of the needed 1 on 1 training sessions. Then, we will progressively work the athlete into small group training of no larger than 6 athletes per coach.

Call 517-768-2255 ext. #2 to schedule your Return to Play evaluation.