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How to Return to Running Post ACL Surgery: Expert Tips

Are you eager to hit the road again after undergoing ACL surgery?

 

Imagine the satisfaction of returning to your favorite sport or activity, pain-free and stronger than ever.  It’s not going to be easy, but with dedication and the right approach, you can fully recover. You’ll be running again in no time!

 

In this episode, we uncover keys to rebuilding your stride and conquering the run after ACL surgery!

 

Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!

 

 

Dr. Katherine Campbell is a physical therapist that specializes in working with runners. She is also a RRCA (Road Runner’s Club of America) certified running coach, and Certified NASM personal trainer. Kat strives to make a difference in runners’ lives by helping them do what they love for as long and as healthy as possible. Kat believes in utilizing an individualized and holistic approach when working with runners. She is also passionate about sharing her love for running to inspire others to feel confident to take on new challenges. Follow her so you can learn tips to stay injury-free when running @runwithkat_dpt on Instagram or tune in to her podcast: The RunwithKat Show!

Watch the LIVE video version of this episode below on Youtube!

 

Kat and I delve into the challenges faced during the recovery phase and offer valuable insights and tips to help you regain your running form after ACL surgery.

We explore different training techniques, exercises, and strategies to gradually strengthen your knee, improve flexibility, and optimize your running performance. Kat shares a step-by-step process designed to help you get back on track safely and efficiently.

Through this episode, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of post-ACL surgery rehabilitation, including the importance of proper warm-ups and cool-downs, tailored exercises targeting specific muscle groups, and advice on gradually increasing your running intensity. We’ll cover common mistakes to avoid and provide pointers for managing setbacks.

These are some of the topics discussed:

– Is it possible to be 100% after ACL surgery

– How soon can you run after ACL surgery

– What are the criteria for running after ACL surgery

– Most common reason for a setback with running after ACL

– What to do when you have a setback during return to running

– How can a runner get their speed back after ACL surgery

– ACL running tips 

– Misconception about running after ACL Surgery

Whether you’re a seasoned runner eager to resume your routine or a newbie with dreams of participating in marathons, this episode is your ultimate guide to conquering the run after ACL surgery. Don’t let fear hold you back; start your journey towards regaining your running stride today!

 

– Learn more about Run with Kat

– Follow Kat on Instagram

– Listen to the Run with Kat Show 

– Check out Kat on TikTok

– Download my free Return to Run Program E-book

THIS EPISODE SPONSORED BY…

A big thanks to the Amino Company for your support for this episode!

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SIX STEPS TO GROWING AS A RUNNER

There are six parts of your running journey that need to be optimized so you can run strong and last long! Learn them here: [Download] How to Grow as a Runner (6 Steps) 

 

Connect with Dr. Duane:

Dr. Duane Scotti, DPT, PhD, OCS is a running physical therapist, run coach, host of the Healthy Runner podcast, and founder of Spark Healthy Runner and has been a leader in the rehab and running community for 20+ years.

 

Duane initially started running as an adult, wanting to add some cardio to his gym sessions. After having a hip surgery, his doctor advised him to get off the treadmill and run outside. Without having fully recovered, Duane suffered a running-related hamstring tendon injury and many others as a novice runner.

 

As a coach, he has guided thousands of athletes back to running, finishing their first marathon, crushing a personal best, and even the elusive Boston Marathon qualifying time.

 

He is truly living his passion educating the running community that they don’t need to stop running to get over a running injury.  Through his signature 1:1 coaching program, weekly videos, and podcast episodes, he empowers runners to get stronger, run faster, and enjoy lifelong injury free running.  Dr. Duane truly believes that anyone can run and that all runners should be treated differently when recovering from an injury.  He is on a mission to change the traditional thinking that running causes “overuse injuries” or “your body is just not meant to run” and you must “take a break” to get better.  Through strength and run specific training you can grow a strong mind, strong body, and just keep running!

 

Duane received his Bachelor of Health Science degree and Master of Physical Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University in 2001 and 2003. He then went on to receive a clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2017. Duane is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, RRCA Certified Running Coach, Certified Mulligan Practitioner, certified in dry needling and has advanced training in spinal manipulation and rehabilitation for runners.

 

As an athlete, Duane is an adult-onset runner, avid half marathoner, and enjoys challenging himself to learn and grow in his personal running journey!

 

A native New Yorker from Long Island, Duane currently lives in Cheshire, Connecticut with his wife Deb and his two teenage daughters who are competitive volleyball players.  They all love to explore new beaches along the east coast.

 

 

 

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“I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude towards Duane Scotti and the Spark Healthy Runner program. When I started working with Duane, I had been dealing with chronic shin splints/posterior tibialis tendinitis for almost a year.

I had worked with multiple other coaches and physical therapists with little success and was at the point of almost giving up on my love for running. Duane is so kind, thoughtful and knowledgeable as both a physical therapist and running coach. Our first virtual meeting lasted two hours because he was so meticulous in his assessment. His strength and running program is progressive and created so that you can continue to build strength and mileage as you heal. His strength program is unique, effective, and fun.

Additionally, his warm-up routine is awesome and includes drills that over time have made me a more efficient runner. His training platform is easy to use, and he is always readily available to chat when problems or questions arise.

Over four months of working with Duane, I have built back to five days a week of running and am almost back up to my pre-injury weekly mileage and long run distance. Whenever I have flare ups or setbacks, Duane reassures me and makes necessary adjustments so that I can continue to progress in my running journey. I have had so much success with him so far that I have signed on for four more months so that he can help me to continue getting stronger as I train for the Dopey challenge in Disney World.

If you are struggling with a running injury and are feeling hopeless, you have to reach out to Duane Scotti. Of course, you will have to put in a lot of hard work, but with Duane by your side, you will be able to achieve your goals and more. Thank you Spark Healthy Runner for bringing the spark back to my running!”

Dipti Pandya

You can teach an old dog new tricks!!!  I have never considered myself a runner and I knew I needed to be smart about it because I am no spring chicken. Spark preached getting strong and healthy to be injury free and they practice what they preach.  I am soooo glad I made the investment in me!  I finished my half marathon last weekend and couldn’t be any happier!  The program fed me all the steps I needed to essentially learn how to run long distance, build strength, nutrition help, a forum of other runners and probably most important was the 1:1 coaching.  I had no idea how to tackle training for a 1/2 marathon and this program broke all of it down, had it individualized for me and we tweaked as we went to make sure I was staying healthy and strong.  I had so many questions the week prior to my race and Coach Cat was always there for me and answering all the questions and issues I had-and believe me there were a lot!  The biggest benefit I think I got was the strength. I am strong and fit. But most important was what I gained emotionally.  I built confidence and strength I didn’t know I had, even at my age.  Honestly could not have done this without Spark Healthy Runners!

Gina J.

My Healthy Runner journey started after I had battled bilateral achilles pain for a few months and was frustrated how it affected my running. As soon as I talked to Duane I knew I had made the right decision. His positivity, enthusiasm and genuine care are infectious. The training plan that was tailored to me included specific exercises to rehab my injury and I was so excited that I didn’t have to stop running. It took patience to only run slow for a few weeks but I trusted the process and it got me me to where I am now: running pain free. We made adjustments to the plan throughout whenever needed having someone in your corner that is always there with guidance and support throughout the process was invaluable.

I just ran my second half marathon, both with Duane’s coaching, and PR’d by over 9 minutes! I got all choked up in the last mile when I realized that I felt strong and could still kick it up a notch.

I’m so thankful for the Healthy Runner program, community and the entire coaching team for all the support!

Katja L.

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