Post ACL surgery

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Feb 14, 2014 6:15am
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3 month post axle surgery. Trying to get in 3-5 work outs a week.

However I don't have enough Access to bike or elliptical. Any recomendations on acl safe cardio at home. I've got resistance bands and do a lot of core workouts.

Still a little unsure of jumping jacks and running yet.

Thoughts and experience?

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Feb 15, 2014 12:47am
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Sorry too hear about your surgery man, two ACL tears myself so I know the feeling! Stay away from jumping jacks or any kind of pressure at different angles on that knee until you rebuild strength or released by your doc. But anyways if you have pool access you can do all kinds of cardio like running, high knees, and jumping without risk of doing damage. Strengthen your quad and you should be back to doing normal cardio in a few months! Best of luck man

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Feb 15, 2014 2:35am
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Drake

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately access to pools is sporadic , when I'm traveling and the hotels have them.

I get the no jumping jacks. I tried one for shits and giggles. No giggles at the end of it. 

For now I'm doing low impact cardio. Kiss running and my karate though. 

Patience is not my strong suit. How long till you were doing everything as usual?  
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Feb 15, 2014 2:45am
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No problem, yea I bet there were no giggles! I'm a year into my second surgery and jumping jacks will still irritate my knee if I do too many. Well like you I'm impatient and thought I was invisible to be honest, so 5 months post surgery I was back to doing all my usual workouts (I healed up fast) I started playing b ball and torn it again on month 6! Not worth it bc the second time I torn everything and messed up all my cartilage in that knee. That damn ACL is a pain in the ass man take your time with it.. how did you tear it by the way?

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Feb 15, 2014 2:49am
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I tore it in a karate fight. Not sure if I got a kick and that tore it, or when I went to do a round house kick I didn't pivot my ankle first. All I know is that when I went for that kick I just dropped. 

Didn't know it was torn and just thought I pulled a muscle. So I kept training and then two months later did a mud run on the torn acl. When I scaled the climbing wall it popped again. Thankfully had enough adrenalin to finish the race. After that it completely locked by on me. 

I'm now 3.5 months post surgery. Healing well and ahead of schedule. 

But I hear you. I don't want to mess it up again. 
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Feb 15, 2014 3:02am
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Haha sorry but that sounds just like my experience.. I played basketball on a torn ACL for a few weeks not even considering I may have torn a ligament in my knee.. it's hard to explain the feeling but while I was back peddling my knee just buckled and that was one of the most intense pains of my life which then made me see a doctor! Learned the hard way, well good luck to you man have a speedy recovery

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Feb 21, 2014 5:06am
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I have dual blown ACLs and stick to workouts that are high rep but low impact, and pay close attention to form. Ellipticals are great for that. I'll do jump squats because they are straight vertical, but I won't do jumping jacks or full burpees or anything that could cause them to pop. Wearing a good brace helps, as does testing moves before doing them in a workout and making modifications as needed.

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