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Acl reconstruction on plant leg

Posted: Sat May 28, 2016 10:48 pm
Woundering what drills if any you guys had to get back confidence for a vaulter with acl tear on his jumping leg. Maybe some rehab for the knee its self that go along with vaulting. Just looking for ideas

Re: Acl reconstruction on plant leg

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:19 pm
by dgracecpv
So I myself have never dealt with this specific injury but some advice on coming back from an injury in general may be helpful here.

1) First and foremost be sure the injured athlete is cleared to return to training and be aware of any modification that should be followed cautiously. When coming back from an injury, it is important no to test the capability but start smaller, lighter, slower, etc. to be sure the athlete can handle the work load and easing into training this way following an injury will offer confidence. A great way to do so is to set smaller goals, weekly goal for the athlete to achieve. For example, week 1: box jumps, week 2: build ups, week 3: short approach and so on.

2) Work your way back up to full approach, even starting off the runway could be tremendously beneficial. Box jumps and build ups may be a good place to begin before getting back on the runway and again, be sure the injury is healthy enough to train. I find running 3 - 5 left approaches on the track or turf to be a great way to build confidence before jumping back on the runway. The purpose here is to create muscle memory and think about the execution. For example, the last two steps leading up to the take off should be long, then short to create the most optimal jump up. This is something you have time to think abut when training off the runway, that way the athlete knows what to do and does not have to think about it when they are on the runway with a pole in their hands. Drills are great for confidence!

3) In regards to the ACL specifically, seek guidance from a physical therapist who can offer exercises to be sure the knee is sound and reassurance from a trained professional will also reissue the injured athlete.

Hope this helps, good luck!