Here’s me, three-ish years removed from surgery cranking out a 325 pound front squat. If you have knee surgery, all hope is not lost. Work hard in rehab and keep training after rehab is over, and you can be just as strong as you were before (if not stronger)
It’s been a little over a year since my last post, so I figured I’d throw up a new post to update people on my continued progress. In short, my knees are awesome. I’ve spent A LOT of time strengthening my legs, and it has paid off in spades. I’m back to squatting over 300 pounds, and I’m able to play sports without favoring either knee. I haven’t fully regained my jumping ability from before my injuries -my vertical jump is about 2 inches less than before- but it’s not terribly important to me anymore. And I feel confident that I could regain those 2 inches with plyometric training if I really wanted to. Continue reading
Well, it’s been a little over a year since I had my two knee surgeries, and now that they’re completely healed, I’m going to attempt to squat 400 pounds, deadlift 500 pounds, and have a 33 inch vertical jump by Christmas. Well, kind of. Really, I just need to get closer to those numbers than my friend Dan Blewett.
God I hope this picture shows up when people do a Google image search for DAN BLEWETT
Posted in Me, Physical therapy, Recovery
Tagged ACL, andrew sacks, dan blewett, exercise, knee, motivation, physical therapy, rehab, surgery
One of the best ways to retain your sanity during recovery from knee surgery (or any surgery, for that matter) is to try to find the humor in your plight. If you’re laughing, it’s nearly impossible to be in a bad mood; If you can make somebody else laugh, even better.
My main reason for starting this blog was to kill time while recovering from surgery, since I can only watch the entire South Park series so many times before losing my mind. I decided early on that I actually wanted other people to read this thing, and it’s such an uninteresting topic that I had better try to make it funny. Nobody wants to read a bunch of bitching and complaining; there’s enough of that nonsense on Facebook. I, personally, would prefer to read things that make me chuckle, so I assume everybody else shares that preference. Also, I don’t want to be a negativity spreader. Continue reading
While I was recovering from my ACL surgery, I took solace in knowing that literally thousands of other people besides me had suffered through the same ordeal and come out the other end largely unaffected. Guys like NFL running backs Gale Sayers and Willis McGahee became my new role models due to their successful battles with ACL rehabilitation. Sayers especially, since he played in the NFL during the 1960s: a time when knee surgeries were about as advanced as the Ethiopian space program. Continue reading
Posted in Knee injury
Tagged ACL, Bill Gramatica, brutal, Gale Sayers, knee dislocation, knee injury, Mary Pierce, mcl, meniscus, patella, PCL, Shaun Livingston, Tony Allen, Willis McGahee
Well, it’s been 3 months since I’ve written anything on here, so I figure that now is as good a time as ever to add some new content to this thing. The main reason why I haven’t written anything is that, frankly, there hasn’t been anything interesting to write about. Months 1-3 of ACL rehab consist of very few things that aren’t mind-numbingly boring; Continue reading
Posted in Me, Physical therapy, Recovery
Tagged 12 weeks, ACL, agility, bikes, injury, jogging, knee, rehab, surgery
I thought that I wouldn’t be as bruised up after ACL surgery as I was after ACL/PCL surgery, but I was wrong. Dead wrong.
Here’s my right leg after ACL/PCL reconstruction:
Pretty gnarly, for sure. But that’s nothing compared to what greeted me when my surgeon changed my bandage today: Continue reading
One thing that’s interesting about writing a blog is that I can check my blog’s “stats.” One of the stats that is recorded is a list of search terms that people have used to find my site. That means every time somebody types something into Google and then visits my site after it pops up in their search results, my blog’s stats keep a record of what search term was used to find it. These search terms range from mundane (“acl surgery”) to mildly amusing (“billy ripken fuck face”) to hilarious (“pictures of men on the toilet”). I don’t know exactly why somebody was looking for pictures of men on the toilet, and I don’t really want to know, but I got some site traffic and a hearty laugh out of it, so whatever. I hope that goofy pervert found something to his liking.
I have this picture to thank for that search result
I thought that nothing would ever top “pictures of men on the toilet” as my favorite search term, but I was proved wrong today when I logged on and discovered that Continue reading
Anybody who’s had ACL surgery and isn’t an idiot will tell you that the worst part about recovery is the first week, a fact that I learned roughly 3 months ago while I was recovering from my first knee surgery. For one thing, your recently-surgered leg is placed in a stabilizer brace that is locked at full extension, rendering you incapable of performing even the slightest of tasks without some level of discomfort. Even the most basic activities of daily living like putting on socks now require great cunning, agility, and perseverance. I’m sure it would help if I had any kind of hamstring flexibility whatsoever, but I obviously don’t, so I’m going to just throw in the towel and wear flip flops until I’m Continue reading