C Bad wrote:
As for the leg extensions…physiotherapist from the clinic where I had my surgery done gave me a list of all the exercises I can do…leg extensions with a rubber band one was one. And once I began my physio under supervision I did leg extensions ranging from 2lbs. to 8lbs after a month. No doctor, or anyone said leg extensions are a no-no after ACL reconstruction, why would it be the worse thing you can do, isn’t that something that would most benefit the range of motion of your knee?
Sorry, I meant you should avoid heavy extensions on the machine. I was told that it can apply shearing forces to the knee, making it more susceptible to injury. But you’re right, I did tonnes of no-resistance extensions in the weeks that followed my surgery. I just started doing heavy leg extension again 3 years after the surgery…not sure if its a good idea though. But having a massive tear drop vastus medialus is cool.
Yeah, I got the whole “no leg extensions” speech as well.
I don’t do them becuase they make me sore the following day bigtime and I’ve been post-op for over three years now.
As for pivot sports like basketball, tennis, football, baseball, soccer:
Only you will ever be able to determine how you’ll do. Start light and easy and go from there and see how it feels. Look at Willis Mcgehee, kid blew his knee up against ohio state but ended up pushing Travis Henry out of the starting RB slot for the Buffalo Bills. Then look at Terrel Davis with the Broncos who never really recovered enough to strap the pads on again.
We’re all getting bigger, stronger and faster. Our muscles are bigger than ever before. So what happens as the by-product? Our joints take the beating, namely our knees. It’s something that happens to athletes all the time nowadays and surgeons do these reconstructs all the time.
So, how to prevent it from happening in the first place? I’m not sure. My initial injury was just a freak thing that happened in the blink of an eye but my knee still blew the hell up. Having strong quads and hamstrings is probably the best prevention, along with proper running posture and so forth. But all it takes is one instant where your knee is vunerable to impact or your brain decides to make your body cut left when you’re still moving forward to make the ACL explode.
The major flaw with this injury is how commonplace it is. Ortho-docs and physical therapists deal with this injury so often that it’s no big deal to them. Just another knee that needs rehab. Unbeknownst to them this injury has totally tossed the patients life upside down with chances of never being able to do what they used to do, and that can be a heavy thing to deal with.