Just Because You Have Torn Two ACLs and a Meniscus Does Not Mean You Can Not Exercise

Just Because You Have Torn Two ACLs and a Meniscus Does Not Mean You Can Not Exercise

“I hurt my BLANK and I can’t exercise.”

When I hear this excuse, I am always very sad.

You can always train around an injury.

In the professional athlete world, they will never “do nothing” after an injury (one of the few exceptions might be a concussion).

  • If they hurt their knee, they still can work on their upper body, go on the bike or go into the pool.
  • If they hurt their shoulder, they still can still work on their core and lower body.
  • If they hurt their back, they still can work on skills and movement.

A great example of this was on TV.

Last week, I was watching “Extreme Weightloss,” which is a show where a personal trainer helps a very overweight individual transform their life and body.

It was playing in the background while I worked on my computer and I heard the familiar sound of a “pop.”

It was the sound when an ACL tears.


I began to watch the show and I wondered what the trainer would do next.

He got the person to stop and get it looked at by a doctor in order to rule out anything serious.

The doctor looked at it and let him know he tore his ACL and meniscus.

The person got clearance to exercise but the trainer left it up to the client to decide if he wanted to quit or to keep going.

The client decided to go on.


The trainer kept saying throughout the show, “You can train around an injury.”

It was music to my ears.

They focused on cycling and swimming.

They kept the intensity high and the client reach his goal.

It was awesome to see.

Remember, you may be injured or have pain but you can train around it. There is a good chance all of that training will help your injury and pain.

If you want to see the full episode that I am talking about, you can check it out here.

Rick Kaselj, MS

Extreme Weight Loss S03E13 Bob

Meniscus Tear Solution