Painless recovery for competitive badminton athlete

Henna Lindberg suffered from a brutal knee injury during a badminton tournament that left her with a torn ACL. Active rehabilitation at the Nordic Health clinic in Helsinki, Finland helped her recover. In this article, we take a closer look at her recovery journey and how it shows in her EVE profile reports.

Henna took a nasty fall in a badminton tournament in October of 2018. It was the worst injury she’s sustained during her 10 years of playing competitive badminton. The doctor’s diagnosis was a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). As a national player, and competitor in many European and World Juniors tournaments, she thought this could have a lasting impact on her ability to play.

pro athlete ACL injury recovery using active therapy

Knee rehabilitation made painless

After hearing the diagnosis, Henna began training at the Nordic Health clinic in Helsinki. With the help of the physiotherapist, they created a rehabilitation program that used very little weight resistance but included several repetitions. This was done easily using the EVE platform and made it possible for Henna to visit the clinic and train independently. “I was happy I could do the rehabilitation program on my own.”

The rehabilitation program included limited weight resistance but several repetitions.

The main devices used for Henna’s knee rehabilitation were the G200 knee extension and G300 knee flexion. The G200 was used for eccentric strength training in order to target the muscles which stabilize the knee joint. The G300 was used for improving Henna’s knee mobility and strength. Her treatment program also included functional training exercises that she could do at home.

She completed the program 3 times a week for a total of 5 months. “It is a relief to be able to rehabilitate my knee in an active way.” For a previous injury, Henna relied on manual physical therapy, but she felt the David devices were totally different.

athlete with torn ACL using active training to reduce pain

Henna training on the G200 device

Henna likes the results-based approach that the David devices and EVE platform allowed. “I personally like fact-based results and data, so it was really interesting for me to see my progress, not only on the profile reports but every time I did the program.” Due to the torn ACL, Henna’s initial range of motion had to be very limited. “We could easily change the range of motion so that the movement wasn’t painful for me. Slowly as my knee got stronger, the physiotherapist and I increased this range of motion. And the program added more weight resistance depending on the feedback I gave after completing each exercise.”

 

What do the EVE profile reports tell us?

Going over Henna’s EVE profile report, it’s clear to see that the 5-month rehabilitation program and her own persistence pay off. Suvi Teivainen, the physiotherapist at Nordic Health, says there are clear signs of improvement.

physical therapy report for pro athlete with torn ACLHenna’s EVE profile report. Personal information removed.

“The isometric strength tests done with the G200 device show Henna’s strength improvement. On her injured left side, there is an improvement of 61.9%.”

After her injury there was a clear strength imbalance. Now, Henna’s left and right knee extension and flexion are close to being in balance. This was an important goal for Henna who wanted to be able to return to the badminton court.

Henna continues prevention care for her knee

“At first the torn ACL felt like such a huge setback. But, as my rehabilitation continued and I could see the steady progress in my knee’s range of motion. I just felt more and more motivated to continue the program and get myself ready for competition.” Henna has now fully recovered and is able to compete. She still continues to visit the clinic for prevention care because “it’s better to be safe than sorry”.

Stay tuned for more rehabilitation stories, just like Henna’s.