ACL reconstruction, return to sports

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ACL reconstruction, return to sports

Postby lockednut » Jan 09, 2006 09:26

Is boxing and kickboxing (pivoting) safe for a reconstructed ACL?

After ACL Reconstruction Arthroscopic Surgery (hamstring tendon) performed on a left knee and 9-12 months of proper rehab, will non-competitive kickboxing be safe?

Say for a right-side-forward lead, would a properly executed left cross (with left knee pivoting) or properly executed right leg roundhouse kick (again, with left knee pivoting) be safe for a reconstructed ACL?

Are these pivots not as dangerous as the cutting and pivoting movements in basketball, football, skiing or soccer?

Thank you very much!
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Postby dragon » Jan 10, 2006 06:48

The key phrase there is "properly executed".Sadly,even if you don't plan to compete,accidents through loss of balance,lapse in technique,fatigue,etc can still happen(we're all only human).

Out of the 2 techniques you mention though,the left cross would be safer than the right roundhouse due to the fact you will have to balance on your "bad" leg when kicking.This has more potential for something to go wrong.

I'm not an expert on your particular surgery but there are other posts here about ACL surgey and kick boxing.

The main thing would be to get the go ahead from a GOOD sports doctor who is going to know exactly what you intend to do in your workouts.

Good luck,

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Postby Jan » Jan 10, 2006 13:21


I also had an ACL reconstruction on my right knee and the new ligament is stronger than the natural one on the left. My doctor and therapist check the stability with the so called Lachmann-Test and other checks.

My doctor allowed me to restart the training after 6 moth. But I wait longer until I´m completely painless.

My therapist also recommended certain things to me:

1. Reduce your weight! (Just in
case you´ve to much, which often happens after a time out or absence
2. From time to time visit the physiotherapist and take some applications
3. Train your (lower) body strength
4. Restart (really) slowly with your training.
5. Allow your body to rest!

I think that Kickboxing won´t be a problem for your.

All the best to you,

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Postby lockednut » Jan 30, 2006 20:53

I read at that:

"The ACL is most vulnerable when the knee is pointing inwards and the foot is pointing outwards with the torso falling forwards. Therefore, one common position that can lead to an ACL tear is when the knee is fixed around 20 degrees of flexion, almost straight, the torso is leaning forward, the thigh is internally rotated, shin externally rotated and the foot is pronated. The quadriceps and hamstrings are attempting to control the deceleration of the knee, but the position places overload on the ACL."
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