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Old 03-13-2008, 08:59 AM   #1
Chris Williams
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Tight ACL graft limiting ROM

Hi,

I had ACL reconstruction a few yrs ago but the ACL graft was too tight, limiting the range of motion in the knee. I've only got a ROM of around 90-100%, so I cannot do AtG squats as recommended.

I'm just wondering whether the parallel squats that I can do are better than nothing, or can they lead to other injuries (such as shearing issues, strain on the ACL at parallel, weak hamstrings, whatever)?

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Old 03-13-2008, 12:59 PM   #2
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Re: Tight ACL graft limiting ROM

You should post a video so we can see just how low you can go in your squat. Doing a partial squat, not getting bellow parrallel leaves out the hamstring and thus overstrengthens the quad while neglecting the hamstring. This can lead to an imbalance that puts a lot of extra stress on the ACL because the hamstring works to resist force on the knee in the same direction the ACL does, so if the hamstring is weak the ACL takes more of the tension. This is something to keep in mind while squating, but in order to tell how deep your going and if it was enough i would need to see a video or something.

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Old 03-18-2008, 08:26 AM   #3
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Re: Tight ACL graft limiting ROM

Ok thx. I'm not technically minded, so may take a while to post a video clip of me squatting. But from what i can see in the mirrors at the gym, I'm going down into a standard "globo gym" parallel squat. It only looks out of place compared X-fit squats.

Sounds like I'll need to work the hammies seperately. Any tips? Glute ham machine? Cycling? Sledge pulls??

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Old 03-18-2008, 08:36 AM   #4
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Re: Tight ACL graft limiting ROM

GHD machine is good. Sprinting also work. There's lots of alternatives.

Vid would be great.

Did you get PT after ACL surgery? What did they say about the tightness?
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:55 AM   #5
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Re: Tight ACL graft limiting ROM

The short answer is yes short squats are better than no squats. As long as your form is otherwise good, going through your full available range will not be a detriment.
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