About 2 months after ACL surgery (also repaired damaged MCL and meniscus) in mid-October, I started doing squats as a part of my rehab. I have a PT and, although I do the squats on my own, I make sure my PT is OK with exactly what I'm doing.
I have gone very slowly, starting with just the bar and doing 3 sets of 15 reps, going up 10 lbs on each day I do them. Doing them about 2x a week. I'm in no rush, of course. My goal is skiing 2013! I have only been going to about 70-80 degress, so not all the way to 90 degrees. I do with free weights but in a contained setting, i.e., bar can only move up or down and not side to side or back and forth.
Anyway, last time, I only did 3 sets of 12 reps. PT says 10 reps fine and I can move up in weight without necesarily doing 3 sets of 15 reps. And PT cleared me to go to 90 degrees. Once I get to 185 lbs, my plan was to add in a warm-up set at 50 lbs less (135) where I do the squat truly with free weights, thus not contained and I'll need to stabilize, just to slowly build towards doing them that way for best effect.
I haven't read a lot about squats for ACL rehab, however, and I thought I would ask folks about their experiences. I started doing them just to increase my strength in a measurable, progressive way. I believe they will also help core strength.
So no set question, but what have people's experiences with squats been in ACL rehab and any pointers? Thanks in advance.