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doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000072
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Strength and Conditioning Considerations After Microfracture Surgery of Knee Chondral Lesions

Camley, Jacqueline BAHSc (Athletic Therapy), ATC1; Wakefield, Charles Brent BAHSc (Exercise Science & Health Promotion)2; Cottrell, Graham Trevor PhD, CSCS3

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: ATHLETIC INJURIES TO THE ARTICULAR SURFACE OF THE KNEE ARE COMMON. THE CHONDRAL SURFACE HAS A LIMITED CAPACITY TO HEAL; THEREFORE, INTERVENTIONS SUCH AS MICROFRACTURE SURGERY ARE USED TO AID IN THE REPAIR OF THIS TISSUE. THERE IS LIMITED RESEARCH ON THE MOST EFFECTIVE APPROACHES TO REHABILITATION AFTER MICROFRACTURE SURGERY, AND REHABILITATION AFTER THIS SURGERY IS MORE SENSITIVE TO LOADING THAN OTHER COMMON KNEE SURGERIES. IT IS THEREFORE IMPORTANT FOR THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONAL TO RECOGNIZE THE STAGES OF HEALING AFTER THIS SURGERY AND BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT EFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE TRAINING STRATEGIES FOR EACH OF THESE STAGES.

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