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Knee Sprain and Strain injuries – Side Step Lunge One Arm Overhead Press

Hold onto a 5 lb dumbbell with your right hand. Engage your inner core muscles and keep your posture in neutral.

Do a side step lunge with your left foot to the left side and keep your knee pointing forward and over your ankle while you bring the dumbbell down towards that left foot. Push back up through your left foot and bring your body weight over your right knee.

As you flex your left hip, perform a 1-arm shoulder press with the right arm. Make sure your knee stays in alignment with your second toe, and over your ankle as you perform this exercise. Do 10 reps, 3 sets on each side.

This exercise can help with progressive strengthening and rehab of your injured knee. It can help you become functionally stronger in jumping for Ultimate Frisbee like in skying the disc in those moments when you feel like you need a dynamically stronger core. It can also help you with your 1-legged jumps in volleyball, basketball, rock climbing, or any other jump and reach type of sports or activities.

If you have any pain or problems or injuries, book in to see one of our Physiotherapists at INSYNC PHYSIO at either the Vancouver or Burnaby locations. 

Knee Ligament Sprain Injuries – Reverse Lunge Woodchops

Hold onto a ten pound dumbbell with your hands on both ends and engage your inner core stability muscles below your belly button.

Then lunge backwards with your right leg performing a wood chopping motion with the upper body and arms turning only your torso. Push back up with the right foot to the start position. Repeat this for 10 repetitions doing 3 sets for each side.

This exercise is excellent for strengthening your knee and developing better balance and proprioception and more optimal neuromuscular activation patterns after a knee ligament sprain injury.​

If you have any problems doing this exercise, please contact one of our Physiotherapists at either of our locations in North Burnaby on Hastings Street or in Vancouver on Cambie Street.

Knee Ligament Sprain – Bosu Ball Knee Highs

Place the opposite foot forward onto the Bosu Ball while having the opposite arm also forward. Position yourself in a running stance with your core muscles engaged below the belly button. Bring the knee up towards the chest matching the motion with the opposite arm and then bring the foot back down with control.

A few things to look out for when you’re doing Bosu Ball Knee Highs is to control the motion of the foot coming back down and to also keep the arms and knees from crossing the mid line of the body and prevent the low back from arching by keeping it in neutral.

Repeat this for one minute on each side doing 3 sets 2 times per day.

This exercise strengthens the entire knee, leg, thigh and core stability muscles to help with your functional running strength after a knee ligament injury. If you have any problems doing this exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.

Knee ACL Injury: Squat Clock Reaches

This is a great exercise for developing strength, balance, and proprioception after you have sprained the ACL ligament in your knee.

Start with nice tall posture and engage your core muscles below the belly button by drawing the lower ab muscles inward toward the spine. Then, stand on one leg and hold a stick with the butt end about 2 and a half feet away. Bend down through the hips to touch the stick to the floor at the 9 O’Clock position like a grid on a clock. Come back up and then bend down to touch the end of the stick at the 10 O’Clock position.

Repeat this until you get to the 3 O’Clock position and then reverse coming back to the 9 O’Clock position again to complete the full set. When doing this exercise maintain your knee alignment with the second toe, the knee over the ankle and bend through the butt more. Do 2 full sets 2 times a day.

Knee Sprain ACL, MCL: Bosu Ball Lateral Shuffle

One of the most common knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament sprain or tear.

Place your left foot onto the Bosu and push off on it shuffling it over to allow the right foot to land on the Bosu while you aim to place the left foot on the other side of the Bosu and then finish with both feet on the ground on the other side of the Bosu ball.

When you place your foot on the Bosu ball, keep your knee in line with your 2nd toe and bring your hip over the ankle so you can push off on your entire upper thigh so you avoid pushing off with just your foot. Repeat this going left to right for 1 minute for 3 sets in total.

This is great for strengthening the knee after post anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL surgery or after having sustained a minor strain to your anterior cruciate or medial collateral ligaments. If you have any pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing. 

Knee Ligament Sprain: Lunge Squats

It’s important to retrain the pushing off dynamic strength in your core stability and lower quadrant after a knee ligament sprain. There are a few key points to keep in mind as you go through this exercise. First, start off with neutral posture and the core stability muscles of your lower back engaged. Then when you lunge forward you want to push off with the back leg as opposed to stepping forward with the front foot. This will allow you to work the dynamic push - off of the back leg and stabilizing aspect of the front leg to better strengthen your lower quadrant with your core stability, and to ultimately help you recover from your deficiencies so you can return to playing sports faster & doing the activities you love to do. Perform 10 reps on each side for 3 sets daily to start. If you have any pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.