Last Updated on: September 30, 2022
It has been eight weeks since my Anterior Cruciate Ligament was reconstructed after a football injury, and I am now managing almost a full normal bend of the knee, running, lifting weights and swimming.
It has been pretty tough keeping up the motivation and going to the gym six times a week… but it starting to pay off. I saw my physio this morning, who has said everything is fine and I am making good progress, so now I will be pushing it harder and moving on to longer running and more weights.
I was fortunate to get private treatment for all this, so the physio setup is top quality. Next time I am in, I will test the leg strength to identify any weaknesses. It is also said that the Bolton first team players use the place (Euxton Hall in Chorley), but I am yet to bump into any!
The one difficulty I have had is with my hamstring, part of which was used to reconstruct the ligament. This left it weak, and I have tweaked it a couple of times since, so I am a bit behind on strengthening those muscles.
It feels like I have been working at this forever, but eight weeks is not a long time. I have only been at the gym for four weeks, even though it is now like a second home.
I aim to be in football training by June, which will be about five months after the op and with a target of July/August for a competitive game.
I have learned a lot from this injury, but most importantly, I have realised how much I had taken fitness for granted. Before the injury, I had spells at going to the gym but never really had a proper plan or goal, meaning I didn’t keep it up properly or didn’t get the full benefit.
So with that in mind, maybe this is the wake-up call I needed which means I can keep active for longer and enjoy it more.
Roll on, June!
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