Cruciate ligaments are a key part of the musculature of your knee’s musculature, and they’re easy to injure. Many athletes spend time recovering from cruciate issues. Thankfully, there are two types of exercises that can help you come back from surgery, recovery, or a rest period with ease.
These take the form of Kinetic Chain Exercises (KCE’s) and can be used for rehabilitation or strength training. These include Open Kinetic Chain Exercises (OKCE) where the foot is able to freely move. These include knee extensions and raises, but are most often non-weight-bearing. Another option is Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises (CKCE) with a fixed foot. This involves work on the quads, hamstrings, and flexors.
Deciding which is best for you can help speed recovery and help maintain fitness and strength during a difficult period.