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

Range of Motion

(5-10 minutes, 1-2 times per day)

Continue with Range of Motion exercises, this will help with blood circulation.


By controlling swelling and having good range of motion prior to surgery will allow for a easier post operative recovery.