Being stuck in a boot or cast after surgery is no excuse to not move. While it is imperative to protect the integrity of the surgical site and allow for proper tissue healing, we can still maintain the STRENGTH and RANGE OF MOTION of other more proximal and distal joints. This article will cover some of our favorite lower extremity exercises to do while “immobilized” or “non-weight bearing” and keep you staying strong after surgery. As always, check with your orthopedic surgeon and/or physical therapist to determine which motions and exercise are the right ones for you!
Check out this Q&A with world renown physio Mick Hughes talking all things ACL reconstruction rehab. In this article you’ll find a video with almost an hour of content answering common questions regarding ACL reconstruction rehab, reviewing the evidence surrounding ACLr, and debunking myths and misconceptions.
Do you have knee pain? Have you tried changing your movement mechanics? Did you know there is a difference between a knee strategy and a hip strategy? A Knee Strategy has been shown to increase risk of Tibiofemoral joint injury, Patellofemoral joint pain, Patella Tendinopathy, ACL sprains, as well as IT band syndrome. Utilizing a Hip Strategy with movements such as squatting, stair climbing, and jumping will reduce demand on your knees, which may reduce your knee pain or help prevent you from having knee pain in the future! Read more to understand the difference between a Knee vs. a Hip Strategy. […]
Banded side steps….ooooh so fancy and sexy! 🤣But really, there is an over-obsession with the banded side step exercise in the fitness community and most don’t really need to do this exercise if they are already healthy and strong as the maximum voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC) for the gluteus medius in the exercise is not even at an adequate level for true strength gains (<40% MVIC). However, in the rehab setting, the banded side step and all its variations (e.g. monster walks) are great for re-training proper movement patterns and neuromuscular control. Furthermore, bands are a great way to increase the MVIC in the exercise and challenge the patient even further.
Learn how to master Bulgarian split squats! Whether you call them BSS, rear leg elevated split squats, or rear leg elevated lunges – we are covering everything you need to know about this exercise including why you should do it, alignment, set-up, and variations!
Hamstring injuries are among the most common non-contact injuries in sports. The Nordic hamstring curl exercise, in particular, has been shown to decrease risk by increasing eccentric hamstring strength. In this article, we’re going to cover our favorite nordic hamstring curl variations to prehab against hamstring strains!
So you’ve been trying to get back into shape and just when you caught stride your knees started to hurt. Now what!? There are a few key elements with handling this issue that include optimal exercise selection, smart programming, and activity modification. Here is a comprehensive approach on how to stay active and manage your knee Read more about How To Stay Active And Manage Your Knee Pain[…]
Squat better with this full body dynamic squat prep. Preparation is key when it comes to squatting better. This article features some of the best dynamic warm ups that will squat prep your body for every type of squat you can think of.
There are more than 200,000 ACL injuries each year in the United States alone, and approximately 65% of these injuries are treated with reconstructive surgery. ACL graft options and selection is one of the main topics of discussion between orthopedic surgeons and their patients. Numerous factors including patient age, occupation, and activity level, graft availability, surgical history, existing tendinopathy, and the experience and preference of the surgeon, should be considered prior to determining which type of graft will be used for reconstruction. We’ve teamed up with Dr. Nima Mehran, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, to cover everything you need to know about what you can do prior to surgery for maximal results, graft selection, and what to expect immediately after surgery. With this guide, you will no longer have to fear the unknown!
ACL Reconstruction Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (ACLR) is one of the most common surgeries performed due to a sports injury. ACLR rehab and ACL prevention training is one of the hottest topics in the sports medicine world. The reality is while 80% of ACL reconstruction (ACLR) patients return to some form of sport, only 65% Read more about “How Do I Know When I Am Ready To Play Again?” Return To Sport Testing For Athletes Following ACL Reconstruction Surgery[…]