Hey everybody, Tom here. First off, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for supporting my sports and fitness blog, it means a lot to me! Now, onto the topic for today-sports injury rehabilitation, specifically muscle atrophy. For those of you who don’t know, I blew out my knee when I was a teenager and on the high school football team and had to get it surgically repaired over a year after the injury. I had managed to tear three of the ligaments, two tendons and the cartilage so finally getting surgery was a godsend. After the surgery is when the real hard part started though. Before injuring my knee, I was talking with university clubs to play for them and I was still hoping to make that come true. So I had to get my knee back in playing shape.
Before getting my surgery, I had walked around on my injured leg for over a year, sometimes with crutches depending on how bad it was. I was determined to not favour my knee as much as I could, as this can lead to muscle atrophy after an injury. Muscle atrophy occurs as a result of not using the muscle, and I hadn’t used that thigh muscle much for a year. That’s why training my thigh muscle after surgery was just as important as training the muscle holding your knee in place, as the muscle in my thigh had degraded to the point of not activating properly. If you don’t work on atrophying muscles they can easily die, so preventing and reducing atrophy is the most important part of rehabbing a sports injury. Take it easy everyone, and ice up.