BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE
Return to running (RTR) is an important milestone for most ACLR (anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction) patients, and is a key feature of the return to sport continuum for those wishing to return to sport. However, there is a lack of high-quality information regarding when the ACLR patient can RTR. Therefore, the authors conducted a scoping review of the literature, with the primary purpose of finding out what criteria are used in clinical decision-making for RTR following primary ACLR. Secondly, they aimed to provide information to help clinicians and patients make quality decisions regarding RTR following ACLR.
The authors conducted a scoping review, rather than a systematic review, as this specific topic of ACLR is not well understood, and there is currently a big gap in the literature. A systematic review is better suited to answering questions regarding the effectiveness of an intervention for a particular problem (e.g. injury prevention programs for ACL injury) rather than a topic of this nature.
The authors conducted their scoping review as per the recommendations in the manual "Methodology for JBI Scoping Reviews", and included participants ranging from skeletally mature adolescents to those aged 40yrs, who had undergone a primary ACLR (autograft only, with or without meniscus surgery).
The authors selected and included 201 studies in the scoping review and found that all but 3 studies reported a time from which RTR was permitted. The median time from which RTR was permitted was 12 post-operative weeks (range 5-39