Playing Basketball After ACL Surgery

Laurie has been able to return to basketball after ACL surgery but has a question about wearing a brace while playing basketball after ACL surgery. Tearing an ACL during basketball can be very common and ensuring you avoid re-injuring it during play is important.

I had ACL surgery on my right knee on March 4, 2010. I recovered well and I am back to playing basketball full force. I played for my high school a little in the fall league and in the winter from Nov – Feb. I am now playing AAU which is at least 4 games in a weekend. I have been experiencing pain during the game.
The doc says I have to wear my brace another 6 months. I feel the brace is causing pain. I wanted to know if there is any other kind of brace that did not cause as much pain. I really dislike wearing it!


My opinion of braces goes against what most doctors and physiotherapists recommend. My belief after re-tearing my knee while wearing a brace is that if you arent ready to play basketball without a brace than you shouldnt play with a brace.

However, if you feel that wearing the brace gives you some additional confidence and allows you to compete at a higher level than it is worth it. There are a couple of options which can hep give you the feeling of support you desire while being more comfortable.

Two additional brace options are shown below…

Comfortable Basketball Knee Brace Option 1


Knee Brace

McDavid Ligament Knee Support

Comfortable Basketball Knee Brace Option 2

ACE Neoprene Open Knee Brace, One Size Fits All

The Top 5 At Home Exercises
I did that helped get me walking 4 days after surgery

Click Here to see the exercises


  1. I had acl surgery 3 months ago. and the screw came out and i had to go in again. will i be ready by time november comes to play?

  2. Jon Haver says:

    Steph, I don’t know how much re-work is required when the screw comes out so cant really say but even if they didn’t go back in you would be around 8 months out of surgery and this is an aggressive timeline for returning to tough activities like basketball. I would say talk with your physio and surgeon about how going back in will affect your recovery timeline.

  3. I had surgery on March 2nd, 2011 after re-tearing my ACL in December from a previous surgery on June 21st, 2010…me and my doc both agreed that i needed to take it slow, so i decided to take off 9 months from my latest surgery. I also lost 20 lbs (I’m 6’6” 220 lbs now) from cross training, working out and strengthening my knee. Now that i’m a little bit slimmer, would this take more pressure off my knee?

    Another question
    Since i’m 4 1/2 months in, what should be my pace of jogging/running?

    ^ To steph, if it’s your 1st time with an ACL surgery, you need to be patient and not worry about basketball, i retore my ACL thinking too much of bball and lost my college basketball scholarship trying to return too early. Remember your health is more important.

  4. What type of knee brace do we buy? Thanks.