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    Cardio or Training while Recovering Knee

    I injured my knee a little over a month ago playing basketball and have been really slackin off on training even though i still try to do pushups and pullups and stuff at home.

    Anyways, are there any good cardio type exercises that can be done at the gym or elsewhere that won't really put pressure on the knee?

    Also is there any way to train the leg muscles without using the knee too much or should i stay away from that completely for another couple months or so? (i have a suspicion squatting very low the day before the injury might have weakened my knee in the first place but im not sure).

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    There is a machine called a cardio glide or something like that. It is a runner/walk machine that glides in an oval motion so it takes pressure of the joints better than a treadmill would. Most gyms have them...

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    an elliptical glider you mean tek?

    yeah, that or an exercise bike.

    Squats when done correctly shouldn't really stress the knee.....leg presses shouldn't either...same with calf work. Just take it slow and easy at first

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    Work out like normal until your leg falls off. Then use it to bludgeon your enemies until you can grow a new one.

    How serious is the injury? Reconstructive surgery or a little discomfort? We need to know these things for the love of...


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    miniscal tear is what i was told it probably was (ripped cartilage in the knee), no surgury but i never went to a knee specialist cuz i coudlnt afford it, and in the ER they told me that would be the only way to know what is wrong exactly since x-rays dont show anything

    couldnt walk for 2-3 weeks at all, then went a few weeks with 1 crutch but ive been walking around fine for the last week or so, now im just about to hit week 6

    still some pain when i put pressure on it or try to bend my knee in as far as i can

    i dont think im gonna be squatting any time soon, i might try those elliptical glide things i guess for cardio, and i might play it safe and not do anything with legs for now, maybe calves if anything but thats it... gonna concentrate on just upper body for the next month or so then see how my knees are doing if i can start back on full-body work

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    Sorry to hear about the injury,

    I dislocated mine and was off it for the same amount of time you were and I lost a ton of muscle in that leg.

    Ice those knees after cardio,
    keep it elevated when your at home
    and stay off it as much as possible...

    Keep your protein intake high

    You might want to try step-ups too before squats
    and basicall don't do the negative,

    the Uni-lateral movement's are key in developing stability in that knee, so lunges when you can

    oh yeah Glucosamine
    Last edited by Holto; 04-05-2002 at 10:12 PM.

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    yeah, thanks for reminding me about step exercises, i think they have some stair-simulator machine at my gym, i might give that a try

    i dont really keep it elevated or anything anymore, i think im past that already, im walking around fine right now except for an occassional pain if it gets in an awkward position, but i just kinda stretch my knee when that happens and it goes away

    and im actually about 2 weeks into my glucosamine/msm bottle already

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