Return to Sport Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction In the Professional Female Ballet Dancer


  • Emily D Doolan-Roy, PT, DPT, SCS Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Physical Therapy Department, Boston Ballet
  • Kerri Regan, PT, DPT Boston Ballet, Boston, Massachusetts USA
  • Mora Modisette, PT, DPT Boston Ballet, Boston, Massachusetts USA
  • Laura L Mattes, PT, DPT,OCS Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Rehabilitation Services, Boston, Massachusetts USA



ACL, Dance Medicine, Return to Sport, anterior cruciate ligament, rehabilitation, ballet


Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in dance medicine present an interesting comparison to many other sports. When ACL injuries occur, the mechanics required for dance and more specifically ballet, place the knee in positions that put increased load on the graft, which creates challenges to safely return a dancer to a full workload of rehearsals and performances. Unlike most sports, dancers present with a lower rate of ACL injuries in females versus males. In addition to returning to jumping and landing with external rotation at the hip and lower leg, females must also return to dancing en pointe. This manuscript will aim to lay a framework for dance medicine providers to use in returning musculoskeletal mature female professional dancers to full participation. Additional considerations should be reviewed regarding pre-professional and adolescent dancers.


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How to Cite

Doolan-Roy , E. D., Reagan, K., Modisette, M., & Mattes, L. L. (2022). Return to Sport Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction In the Professional Female Ballet Dancer. Journal of Women’s Sports Medicine, 2(2), 83–94.