ACL Blog 6
Yo yo soccer peeps! Still on the mend and I can't emphasize how much my knee and body continues to improve every week! Lately I have been working a lot with elastic bands in PT and on my own. I started doing the exercises with a very stretchy band, not much resistance at all and have progressed to bands with more resistance. My physical therapist cuts me bands to use at home to which is #clutch. I do exercises at home by tying the band around the doorknob and closing the door and at the gym. This includes: Hip Abduction with Elastic Resistance, Hip Adduction with Elastic Resistance, Hip Extension with Elastic Resistance and Steamboat Flexion. These band exercises work not only the knee but your hips, thighs, core, butt, lower back, hamstrings, quads and calves.
In PT I also do partner work with the bands and on my days off I have my friends help me with this (shout out to you Addie)! Now that the weather is warming up it's been great doing my off day work in the park. After limping around the city for a month I really have stopped caring when strangers stare at me so if I have spectators watching me crab walk at the park than so be it!
I also have began to do the leg press and other lower body exercise with weights-my how I missed it. Obviously the weights are light I have been doing 3 sets of 15 using 80 pounds. Focusing on proper technique (especially after all this), making sure when I bend my legs that my knees never go above my ankles/feet but it's one step closer to getting my #SoccerLegs back!