Repair on the femur condyle of the knee


Appropriate recreation sport activities

Sports characterised by repetition of movement cycles with low impact forces on the joints are preferred. During rehabilitation, these activities are included under joint circulation exercises. Safety instructions are always necessary.


art_sports1Mounting and dismounting must practised once with the physical therapist to ensure good control of stability. A reclining bicycle can be used when an emergency stop can be performed safely. When a bicycle (mountain or racing) is used, it is recommended to reduce peak force. This can be achieved by: achieving many revolutions per minute, using toe-clip or clipless pedals, remaining seated and choosing an easily accessible path.


Safety measures when getting into and out of the swimming pool are recommended. Hydrotherapy such as aqua jogging are recommended as long as the movement cycle can be performed and the wound is healed.
Breaststroke puts strain on the knee joint and requires great flexibility. This stroke can be started 4 months after the surgery when the patient experiences no pain.

Crawl stroke is allowed as long as the movement cycle can be performed safely (starting 6 weeks after surgery).
Caution is required during flip turns. Peak force is often generated. Patients should push off with the non-operated leg during flip turns.

art_sports3Rollerblading or skating

This is allowed starting 4 months after surgery. Experience and skill are required. Motor control for emergency stops should be practised on a safety mat before the activity is begun.

art_sports2Sports such as golf, diving, climbing, rowing…

Though these activities are advised, they do not specifically improve joint circulation. Variation of motor control and protection of the joint are easily performed during these sports.

art_sports4Sports characterised by reaction time, high speed, high impact during landing or pushing off are not recommended.

(For example: Football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, athletics, skiing, snowboarding)
The resulting impact of the force may damage the transplant. This can occur without symptoms. Sport-specific exercises and the return to sports situations thus differ depending on: the type of sport, the patient’s sport level and medical guidelines. Activities can be begun at a high level 16 months after surgery or earlier if the patient shows no symptoms.

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