From ACL/MCL Reconstruction to the NFL MVP-A Case Report

From ACL/MCL Reconstruction to the NFL MVP-A Case Report


Presented By: Eric Sugarman, Head Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Vikings

On December 24th, 2011 Adrian Peterson, while being tackled, incorrectly planted his leg during a run and tore the ACL in his left knee. Following surgery, Peterson and Viking’s Head Athletic Trainer, Eric Sugarman, began an incredible rehabilitation journey. After 8 months of rehabilitation, Peterson took the field in the Viking’s season opener. He went on to have the best season of his career finishing with 2,097 rushing yards and being named the NFL’s 2012-2013 MVP. Join us for this free webinar to learn:

  • -The rehabilitation protocol Peterson followed
  • -What factors contributed in giving Peterson a conditioning, strength and functional advantage for his high-level return
  • -How advanced aquatic therapy played an integral part in his return
  • *Continuing Education:

    Athletic Trainers: One CEU available for Athletic Trainers through BOC (Course ID: P3003-2000)
    All Others: Certificates will be available if you wish to petition your certification agency for CEUs.


    Eric Sugarman enters his 17th NFL season in 2013 and his 8th with the Vikings. Sugarman has been part of 6 Division championship team since 2000 and 8 playoff-bound teams.

    During his tenure with the Vikings, Sugarman and his staff have been instrumental in helping several players return from severe injury by creating or enhancing rehabilitation protocols. During the 2012 offseason, Sugarman and his staff worked with RB Adrian Peterson on his remarkable comeback from a severe knee injury in late December 2011. Peterson returned to action for the 2012 season opener and went on to exceed all outside expectations by rushing for 2,097 yards, the 2nd-best season in NFL history, and earning NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year honors in the NFL along with 1st-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl recognition.

    Sugarman’s staff has also overseen the rehabs of LBs Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson, who each suffered season-ending injuries in their careers but returned to earn Pro Bowl berths.
    With the Vikings, Sugarman supervises the evaluation and care of all injuries sustained. He and his staff implement and maintain proactive treatment and rehabilitation programs.