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Stone Clinic Sports Tests

A set of simple activity tests to see how well you are progressing with your rehabilitation

The Stone Clinic sports tests are designed to challenge you and the particular part of your body you are healing and to tell us how well you are training. Remember, we encourage you to see yourself as an athlete in training and not just a patient in rehab.

These tests are distributed at 3 months and 6 months after your surgery. You will be able to see all your hard work pay off by going through these sets of exercises. It will also guide us on how to progress you. Your goals are our goals, and if you want to return to running, you need to be able to demonstrate stability, strength, and endurance before you start hitting the pavement.

Each test is specific to your surgery. We have a regular sports test and a modified sports test depending on protocol limitations.  

Sports Test 1: 3 months (ACL, MCL, PCL, PLC, MPFL, Brostrom, Meniscal Repairs)

This is a no impact test designed to measure your strength, stability, and strength endurance. Passing this test allows us to progress you into low impact, gravity-reduced plyometrics, and prep for straight plane running.

Sports Test 1 (Modified): 3 months (Art Cart knee/ankle, Meniscal Allograft, CMI)

This is a no impact test designed to measure your strength and stability.  Passing this test allows us to progress into more functional strengthening, stability, and endurance.

Sports Test 2: 6 months (ACL, MCL, PCL, PLC, MPFL, Brostrom, Meniscal Repairs)

This is a moderate impact test designed to measure your strength, stability, agility, and low-level plyometrics. Passing this test allows us to progress into sport specific training and tri-planar activities.

Sports Test 2 (Modified): 6 months (Art Cart knee/ankle, Meniscal Allograft, CMI)

This is a no-to-low impact test designed to measure your strength, stability, and strength endurance. Passing this test allows us to progress to low impact, gravity-reduced plyometrics. Initiate pre-run exercises for return to straight plane running at 10+ months (clearance by MD is required).

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Stone, K.R., A. Freyer, T. Turek, A.W. Walgenbach, S. Wadhwa, and J. Crues. 2007.