An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury can feel overwhelming. One minute you are skiing with your family or jumping up to grab a rebound, and the next minute you are hearing the echoes of that classic “pop” and wondering how you will ever get back to the activities you love. Many people are forced to wait months, or even years, for ACL reconstruction surgery due to issues with access to quality healthcare. Others have surgery almost right away, without preparing their knee for surgery and long post-operative rehab afterward. In almost all cases, it is wise to take a month or two to prepare your knee for ACL reconstruction surgery. This article will take a look at the exercises prior to an ACL surgery that will put you in a position for the best possible outcome post-operation!

With over 200,000 ACL injuries per year and over half of those injured going to go surgery, the ACL is a hot topic within the performance and health fields alike. But what is the ACL? What does the ACL do? Do you need surgery after an ACL injury? We answered all those questions and more in this fantastic interview with an orthopedic surgeon!

Do you have knee surgery scheduled? Are you wondering if there is anything you can do now to make your recovery easier? Whether it is a new or old injury you've been dealing with that made you schedule surgery, you can still benefit from preparing your body now with exercise! Knee surgery prehab exercises that focus on improving range of motion and strength have been shown to improve function not only before surgery but also after! This can potentially decrease hospital stay times and improve long-term function and quality of life! We have put together some of our favorite knee prehab exercises to jumpstart your road to recovery, better yet it may even have you reconsider surgery!

When beginning the transition to plyometrics, you always want to make sure that athletes can first control regressed movements, positions of instability, and demonstrate good deceleration control in all three planes in a slow and controlled manner. This is an absolute prerequisite before you ask them to generate power (speed component) and change directions (agility component), especially in reaction to an external stimulus (i.e an opposing player or ball). Assessing and training deceleration control in all three planes is absolutely vital for the athlete, as no sport is truly one dimensional. In this article, we will help guide you with how to introduce deceleration control exercises!

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 for surgery 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 and Dr. Mick Huges, an orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist respectively, each of whom specializes in sports medicine as well as ACL rehab, 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. Learn everything there is to know about ACL graft options for surgery!