Originally Posted by RosalynM
I actually have a question. What type of conditiong for the knees did you do before the season started?
There is a lot of info related to ski conditioning and knee injury prevention around. What kind of formal physical therapy did you do after injury? I found this webpage with videos of basic exercises very helpful. Scroll down to get to the ones geared towards ACL injury prevention. Many of these exercises built on what I learned from formal PT for knee rehab last year.
I found this set of exercises useful. There is a self-assessment at the beginning that is well worth doing. After finishing 3 months of formal PT and starting to work with a personal trainer, I could do most of Phase 1 even before a small meniscus tear was completely healed. At this point it's been over a year since injury and I exercise mainly to be in the best shape possible for skiing out west. I can do everything in Phase 2. I'm mid-50's, 5'0", 118 pounds, definitely on the petite side.
Have you looked at kneeguru? Here is a thread that is relevant to your situation.
Are there actually any ACL Deficient Copers out there?
I highly recommend the book by Dr. Marx, a well respected ortho surgeon in NYC, The ACL Solution. Not only covers pros and cons of ACL reconstruction surgery but also has ACL injury prevention exercises in the second part.