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Training after reattachment of torn quads/tendons.

kandaandm

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Let's hear from real life experience of guys who tore quad/tendon and had it surgically reattached.

In regards to training:

What have you found most successful in adding size back while doing it safely? ...and if so..how has it changed your training style?
 

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Well, I was hard headed back in 2004 after my quad tendon was reattached so I did a shit ton of AAS and was leg pressing 16 plates after a couple months. Not smart but size came back fast.
 

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Had bilateral quad and tendon reattachment a couple years back. I'm not looking to break records, but starting to feel pretty good other than knees still not having a great amount of feeling.
I won't ego lift, however, I'm interested in what people with real life experience have to say works best (without risking injury again).
 

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Complete rupture of left quad tendon 6-2-02...I had the surgery 3 days later...3 weeks later I contracted a blood infection...the entire surgery was redone but this time I was in the hospital for a week and left with a pick line in my arm which was attached to a fanny pack with a pump and bag of antibiotics....6 weeks of that shit drove me nuts...I was able to walk with a cane 8 weeks after the second surgery..started light leg presses and within a month or so light squats...my knee still does not feel the same...sometimes it feels like it is made of wood...my quad never looked the same again...get a good doctor...
 

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Dave Perez, your and my experiences are scarily similar! Same injury, staph infection, pic line.....and a 'different' leg in the end
 

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My surgery date will be 3 years in Oct. I had both quads and both tendons rupture doing hack squats and I had bilateral reattachment.

I'm never expecting them to he exactly the same. Howeber, I'm curious as to how others train post injury/surgery where they have seen the best benefits.
 

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My surgery date will be 3 years in Oct. I had both quads and both tendons rupture doing hack squats and I had bilateral reattachment.

I'm never expecting them to he exactly the same. Howeber, I'm curious as to how others train post injury/surgery where they have seen the best benefits.
That's a brutal injury, sorry you had to go through all that.

I believe IFBB pro Zack Khan and NPC heavyweight Sean Allen had the same thing happen to them, both legs on the Hack squat. Their legs never were the same after, but I recall Khan's being respectable in his one pro contest he did after the injury. Look into their stories and I'm sure you'll find some good info. I think Khan did a video series on his comeback.
 

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At the time of my injury I was 42... I could squat 405 3x5 easy...over the past 17 years I have gone no higher than 315x1 on just a few occasions...I had suffered from tendonitis for years and had numerous cortisone shots...I was playing with fire and finally got burned...I still squat once a week usually with 225 3x5...sometimes I will go to 275 3x3... That's it...also I want to add that the surgeries and weeks of antibiotics kicked the shit out of me...I have never felt the same...
 

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I've decreased the weight, but increased the intensity by using under 60 second rest between sets, drop sets and supersets.

How do you mean different after a week of antibiotics...do mean gut health?

At the time of my injury I was 42... I could squat 405 3x5 easy...over the past 17 years I have gone no higher than 315x1 on just a few occasions...I had suffered from tendonitis for years and had numerous cortisone shots...I was playing with fire and finally got burned...I still squat once a week usually with 225 3x5...sometimes I will go to 275 3x3... That's it...also I want to add that the surgeries and weeks of antibiotics kicked the shit out of me...I have never felt the same...
 

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When you have antibiotics running through your veins 24 hours a day for 6 weeks there is a price to pay...I just never felt the same...like I was hit by a truck...sure, I recovered but I just never got back to feeling right....my guts were fine...I ate a lot of yogurt...on the day of my rupture I benched 405x3 raw....I never got close to that again...a year later I was able to bench 365x3 and felt again like I was run over by a truck...surgeries are rough...remember I also had a blood infection...I was hallucinating....I saw leprechauns and they were talking to me...the emergency room doctor drained about 50 ccs of yellow puss from my knee...I just now finished cutting my grass and my knee is stiff and sore...funny thing though squats feel good...
 

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Tore my left Quad tendon completely about 5 years ago. Never the same. I'm older now so I don't need to be the biggest dog on the porch anymore. That said I'll have to lift light for the rest of my life.
 

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