Knee Injury Prevention

The NFL season is under way! Professional football players have become very accustomed to knee injuries. They need effective knee conditioning in order to return to their sport and other recreational or daily activities. Here we will explore knee conditioning and rehabilitation after injury or surgery.

A good knee conditioning program should include strengthening exercises, stretches for flexibility, target quadriceps, hamstrings, abductors, adductors, and gluteus muscles, and should be continued for lifelong protection and health of the knee.

Before doing any exercise it is important to warm up with 5 to 10 minutes of low impact activity. It is also important to stretch the muscles that will be involved in the activity. Do not ignore pain. Pain should almost always be avoided. It is also imperative to ask questions as the conditioning program progresses and follow the advice and instruction from a doctor or other medical professional.

Get yourself back on the field or on the court after a knee injury! Follow your rehabilitation protocol under your doctor’s supervision for more severe injuries or surgery, or be sure to address flexibility deficits and weakness with a knee conditioning program before an injury even occurs!

See the attached article for a great example of a general knee conditioning program:  Knee Injury Prevention

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