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

Static Squats

(3 sets of 1-2 minutes, every other day)

Same body position as a squat, feet shoulder width apart, bend your knees and squat down to a deep position. Hold that sitting position as long as you can until your muscles are fatigued. Rest and repeat.


Great exercise for both strength and balance. You can watch your self in a mirror to make sure hips are even and level.