Return to Sport and Reinjury Rates in Elite Female Athletes After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rupture

Webster, K. E. (2021).


While there has been significant interest in the documentation of return to sport outcomes following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, the elite level female athlete has not been a focus of this research. This is despite women being at increased risk for ACL injury and considerable global growth in women participating in sport. Therefore, the focus of this review was to examine the available literature regarding return to sport outcomes in elite level women with an ACL injury. The topics of discussion focus on return to sport rates, timing and determinants of return to sport, longevity of play, return to sport performance, and further ACL injury. Knee health in the longer term is also briefly discussed along with the limitations of the existent literature.