After an ACL injury it is very important to start exercising as soon as possible. This is helps retain your muscle strength around the ACL, range of motion and control swelling. These functions are vital to prepare an injured athlete for ACL surgery. These exercises can begin immediately after an ACL injury.

After prehabilitation, the knee will feel and look normal. However, IT IS NOT! DO NOT run, cut, jump, land, return to ANY sports that will involve any changing of direction. If one does, the knee will go out and will likely sustain further serious injury.

Cardiovascular Fitness

Elliptical Trainer

(10-60 minutes, 3 times per week)

You can start this exercise once you have good range of motion and are able to put weight on your leg. Start slow with minimal resistance.


You want to be comfortable walking and are not limping prior to starting elliptical training.