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Old 07-02-06, 07:43 AM
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Recovery Training


So some of you will know that i messed my ankle up pretty bad about 1 - 2 weeks before the end of April. For all i know, i could be recovering from the injury for another 6 months. As it is, i'll find out if i need surgery in 2 more weeks or so. It is getting better...3 weeks after injury i could actually put weight on it. Then 5 weeks or so of wearing a metal walking cast...the muscle atrophy (loss) is very noticeable...a little stronger now that i can walk on it unaided, but i can really notice the lack of muscle in doing ordinary things.

I'm able to swim and walk around like normal, though my ankle is very stiff in the morning. I cant push off too hard with it while swimming, or run and things like that. That'll come back in time, as i go through physical therapy concerntrated on getting movement fully back to ankle. So, i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as far as weights etc (i am sure i will still be trying to get back in shape once i go back to school) over the next 2 months + the winter so that i can take full advantage of next spring/summer as far as cycling goes.
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Old 07-02-06, 03:04 PM
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Well you can ask your PT. There are weight machines at the clinic so I'm sure your PT can recommend something.

You can start swimming now using a pull buoy. That should keep you fit.

If you're not squeemish about building some upper body strength I guess you could run through the regular set of upper body exercises like bench press, lat pulldowns, biceps curls, tricep extensions, etc.
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Have you considered getting a turbo trainer? I severely sprained my ankle in martial arts class about 8 weeks ago so I know what you're going through. Whilst I can't run on it, I can cycle but I don't want to risk re-injury it if I come off the bike (or even put my foot down awkwardly), so I have found using the trainer the best way to keep up a basic level of cycling fitness.
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