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.

Retain Muscle Size and Strength

Squats

(3 sets of 10 reps, every other day)

Start with body weight resistance, place feet shoulder width apart, keep your chest up and focus you eyes on a point on the ceiling. Squat down like sitting in a chair and stand back up keeping the muscles tight and contracted at all times. You can add weight as resistance as needed, either holding weights in your hands or, if supervised, on a squat machine.

Tips:

We are focusing on keeping your muscles firing and not loosing strength, rather than trying to improve strength.