ACL Injury, Surgery, and Rehabilitation: A Science-Based and Evidence-Informed Approach

About the Course:
Given the modifications and advancements in ACL surgical procedures and the proliferation of research on interventions and outcomes, many clinicians find it difficult to keep apprised of the latest evidence and integrate this new information into their clinical practice. Decisions regarding which patients are appropriate for non-operative management of an ACL-deficient knee, how to safely progress patients through a criterion-based guideline, and when to provide recommendations for a safe return back to sports after ACL injury or reconstruction are challenging. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants will be able to use the knowledge and skills outlined in this course with their patients after ACL injury or surgery to maximize patients’ responses to exercise at their current functional level while minimizing risk of injury to the healing tissue(s).

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify and describe the anatomy of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and key surrounding structures including how they contribute to knee arthrokinematics;
  • Discuss the typical mechanism of injury, clinical course, and risk factors associated with ACL injury;
  • Apply a comprehensive clinical examination to develop a specific diagnosis for patients with a suspected ACL injury;
  • Describe the diagnostic strategies, management plans, and classification of patients with ACL injury;
  • Formulate a rehabilitation program using clinical strategies and evidence-based interventions after ACL injury and ACL reconstruction
  • Explain the functional and clinical outcomes after ACL injury and reconstruction.

About the Authors:
Jacob J. Capin, PT, DPT, PhD, MS, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Christopher Newport University (Newport News, VA) in 2012. He earned a Master of Science in anatomy and clinical health sciences (2014), a Doctor of Physical Therapy (2014), and a PhD in biomechanics and movement sciences (2019) from the University of Delaware. Dr. Capin’s PhD focused on optimally rehabilitating individuals after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, focusing on improving outcomes, addressing altered movement patterns, and reducing post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Following his PhD completion, Dr. Capin completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (Aurora, CO). Effective September 2021, Dr. Capin will be an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Marquette University. Dr. Capin has contributed over 25 peer-reviewed publications and over 60 national/international presentations, mostly on the topic of ACL rehabilitation and outcomes; he also has contributed to two book chapters on ACL rehabilitation. Dr. Capin has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, Academy of Physical Therapy Research, and Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Jacob played NCAA varsity basketball (Campbell University, Christopher Newport University) and now enjoys volunteering as a USA Triathlon Certified Coach and competing as a USA Triathlon All-American triathlete.

Zakariya H. Nawasreh, BS, MSc, PhD, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2006 and a Master of Science degree in health and rehabilitation sciences from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. Dr. Nawasreh has worked as a teaching assistant and supervised students’ clinical training in the applied medical sciences at Jordan University of Science and Technology. He earned a doctorate in biomechanics and movement science at the University of Delaware, with a focus on operative and nonoperative ACL intervention and outcomes. Dr. Nawasreh is currently working as an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Jordan University of Science and Technology. He has presented on the topic of ACL rehabilitation intervention and outcomes at national and international conferences. Dr. Nawasreh is board-certified in the Jordanian Physical Therapy Association.

David S. Logerstedt, PT, PhD, MPT, MA, SCS, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in health and human performance from the University of Montana and a Master of Arts degree in exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Logerstedt earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from East Carolina University and a doctorate in the interdisciplinary program of biomechanics and movement science from the University of Delaware. He completed a postdoctoral research position in knee osteoarthritis and total knee arthroplasty with Drs. Lynn Snyder-Mackler and Joseph Zeni, Jr. Dr. Logerstedt is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He has been a practicing rehabilitation specialist for nearly 20 years and is board certified in sports physical therapy. Dr. Logerstedt was a physical therapist at the athletes’ Olympic Village polyclinic at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. He has presented his research on ACL and knee disorders at national and international conferences and has published in prestigious sports medicine journals on ACL injuries.

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to:
    • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


Resolution of Conflict of Interest
The contributors to this course have no conflicts of interest relative to its content. Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.