PREHABILITATION Pre-Surgery GOALS

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.

Reduce Swelling

Elevation

Whenever possible, keep the knee elevated above your heart. Can incorporate with your Icing; while icing, lay down keep your knee above your heart.

Tips:

If lying on a couch rest your leg on the back of the couch.