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ACL reconstruction exercises

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One of the most effective strength training exercise for ACL reconstruction is the straight leg raise. The quadriceps (thigh) muscle weakens from immobilization which makes the recovery process long and arduous. The sooner the quadriceps muscle is activated the better your outcome will be.  Simply tightening the thigh muscle after surgery can prove difficult and a straight leg raise becomes a significant victory. Once your therapist gives you the green light you can start adding resistance for the straight leg raise to strengthen the thigh. Usually, no weight is needed at the beginning but eventually you can add resistance with an ankle weight or a resistance band.

The straight leg raise may also be used as an exercise prior to surgery for an ACL tear. The stronger your thigh is prior to surgery the better your recovery process will be. Try this simple yet effective exercise to improve quadriceps strength.

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