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The effects of a physiotherapy program on meeting the return to play guidelines in a top professional football player
Introduction: Special physiotherapy treatment of a top football player with multiple ACL injuries requires the use of evidence-based physiotherapy procedures and insight into the multidimensional issues of physiotherapy treatment of such an athlete, which presents a challenge to the physiotherapist, enabling him to achieve therapeutic goals in the field of body structure and function, activity and participation and gradual return into a football career respectively. Methods: A 23-year-old top footballer after a second ACL reconstruction on the left knee joint (use of an allogeneic graft) and after the first ACL reconstruction on the right knee joint (use of an autologous semitendinosus muscle tendon graft) was included in case study. We used the mixed methods design, through a sequential research design, collected, analyzed and interpreted the data. Results: Based on the analysis of quantitative and qualitative results, we find that there has been an improvement in knee mobility and a reduction in the intensity of pain, and that we can thus develop a more concise understanding of the effectiveness of a 6-week physiotherapy program to meet the criteria for return to sports in a top-tier football player with a very rare combination. bilateral ACL injuries. Conclusions: Through the integration of methods, we gained a broader insight into the personal experience of a top footballer and an opinion on the importance of the effectiveness of a physiotherapy program to improve knee function, more specifically improve knee stability, increase the range of motion-passive flexion and extension, and reduce swelling and pain intensity in both knee joints.