Let’s look at today’s question:
I noticed you’ve had ACL surgery before, so is there one tip you can give me? I’m about to get an ACL reconstruction.
It’s one of the most common major injuries in snowboarding and there’s a lot of stuff you’ll have to rehab after an ACL surgery, however, without a doubt there is one thing I’d tell anyone going through an ACL reconstruction besides the obvious “work hard at your rehab”.
Get your flexibility back as soon as possible. As soon as you’re out of surgery, start working on bending your knee. As long as the doctor says it’s okay to go past 90 degree, keep working at it until you can bend it like normal.
Why work so hard on flexibility? Because the longer you wait the harder it gets. If you wait too long you’ll also risk things like stiff knee where you semi-permanently lose some of the flexibility in your knee. It can take a lot of work to get your full flexibility back if you let stiff knee set in.
Also, I know it hurts a lot, especially the first week after surgery, but you have to work at it. Go slowly, but keep working at it. It’s going to be insanely sore, but you’ll be thankful that you got your flexibility back sooner rather than later.
Good luck with your surgery and remember to keep working at that rehab too! The harder you work, the quicker you’ll be back on the slopes