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KNEEFIT ACL Online Rehab & Training

Feeling lost in your ACL rehab process? We’re here to help.
Get back to your sport stronger than ever with our individualized, sport-specific ACL rehab training.

21% of athletes will re-tear their ACL after the first surgery.

25% never return to their sport at the same level as before their injury.

Don’t take chances with your recovery.

ACL injuries have the potential to be career ending for athletes. If your current rehab has left you confused, scared of re-injury, or lacking confidence to go back to your sport, we’re glad you found us.
Every athlete deserves high quality, individualized care after an ACL injury; our online programming brings world class rehab and training programs directly to you, no matter where you live.
Gain 1-on-1 access to our therapists and coaches, individualized return-to-sport programming, and connect with a supportive community of likeminded athletes to share experiences and build community.

WHAT OUR PATIENTS AND ATHLETES ARE SAYING

“Very knowledgeable team. They brought my son back from a complete ACL repair to being able to run again. Lots of dedication to each client and their individual rehabilitation story. These Physiotherapists are the BEST.”
“Before I started with The Bridge in September of 2020, physiotherapy had left me pretty confused and unequipped to deal with the long journey of my first ACL rehab. Right from the start, Brendan & Megan were there to answer all my questions and guide me through the rehab process. They were both exceptionally professional and personable, and I knew right away after our first appointment that this was right for me.”

Online Injury Rehab & Training

The KNEEFIT ACL rehab program at The Bridge has been developed through decades of clinical experience rehabbing serious knee injuries and continues to be informed by current research.

WORLD CLASS REHAB & TRAINING, FROM ANYWHERE

We have been leaders in ACL rehabilitation within our community for over 35 years, with the goal of reducing the alarmingly high rates of re-injury for athletes.
We want to expand our community by making top quality rehabilitation from ACL injuries accessible to any athlete, any where, at any time.

Individualized program tailored to Your Needs

Every athlete is different and so is the rehab process after a major ligament injury. We avoid cookie cutter solutions and design completely individualized training programs specific to the demands of your injury, your rehab, and your sport or activity.
We also continue to touch base with patients often to either progress or change programming based on how your body is responding.

Join our Community

ACL rehab isn’t just physically taxing, it can be isolating as well. This is why we are building a group of likeminded athletes that are all going through the same gruelling process of returning to sport after an ACL injury. Build your rehab community, share your successes & setbacks, and connect with people who get it.

Did you know…

  • Pivoting sport athletes who pass specific criteria prior to return to sport have 4–6 times lower risk for re-injury
  • Athletes who pass Return to Sport testing have a 84% lower re-injury rate. Athletes who failed any of the return to sport criteria were more likely to sustain a new knee injury.
  • With every 1% increase in quads strength, risk for re-injury decreases by 3%

Meet Your ACL Rehab Team

Brendan DeForge

Registered Physiotherapist

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2018, and a Bachelor of Kinesiology in Sports Performance in 2016, receiving Honours with Distinction with both degrees.
My interest in working with ACL injuries began early on in my career. I have a distinct memory from my first week working at The Bridge of a fourteen year old kid coming in to see me at the clinic, with what ended up being his second ACL injury in as many years. It was an emotional moment for both him and his family, and the gravity of the injury really stuck with me.
From that point forward, I started diving deeper and deeper into the impact ACL injuries can have not just on returning to high level athletics, but on quality of life and psychological well being. I started listening to more and more stories of those close to me who had been affected by an ACL injury ; patients, family, friends, and felt this deep sense of passion for making a positive impact in that field. I started reading more research and asking more questions on how rehab for ACL injuries can be improved, how we can reduce the alarmingly high incidence of re-tear rates, and ultimately work to not only get athletes back on the field, but at a higher level than before. I wanted to play a role in giving these people their life back, and our program was born out of that passion.

Megan Wickstrom

Strength & COnditioning COach

I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and then went on to complete a Masters of Coaching, during which my research focused on the psychosocial factors related to ACL rehabilitation. While at the U of A, I also competed for the Pandas Basketball team. During my career I sustained two ACL injuries. I can still remember the moment I tore my second ACL. Three years after my first injury, I laid on the court feeling devastated. I knew the long, arduous rehab I’d have to undergo, and the loneliness, frustration, and anxiety I’d feel as I tried to return to the court.
Returning to basketball after those two injuries was one of the most challenging things I’ve done and it instilled a passion in me for helping other athletes through the process. ACL rehab is hard. It challenges your body, it challenges your identity, and it challenges your commitment to your sport. But my favourite aspect of ACL rehab, is the relationships you build with your athletes. It is really special to be able to help someone through a difficult time – push them when they need to be pushed, have the hard conversations and then to watch them return to doing what they love. This is what inspired us to create this online program; to build those relationships with more and more people.

WHAT OUR PATIENTS AND ATHLETES ARE SAYING

“Brendan was able to break down the rehab process for me, explaining each step and milestone I had to reach before I returned to sport. He was able to manage the tough balancing act of both pushing me and also knowing when to tell me to slow down. I learned a lot about ACL tears and sports rehab from Brendan.”
“Megan, who has personal experience with both ACL tears and high level basketball, was amazing to work with. Her ability to incorporate sport-specific drills with ACL rehab in a challenging and enjoyable way made rehab much easier for me. Because of the strength and jump foundations Brendan laid for me in the early stages of rehab, I felt prepared for the transition to more sport specific drills.”

Common Questions

How long will it take before I’m back to my sport?

Like most recoveries, it will vary based on your injury and goals for your recovery. A general timeline would see about 9-12 months post-surgery before returning to sport, but this estimate can and will shift based on the individual nature of your injury, objective & subjective testing, your return-to-sport goals, and many other factors.

How do strength coaches factor into my rehab plan?

We set out to bridge the gap between rehab and performance by taking our patients through a full continuum of care. Once we’ve been able to restore range of motion and strength back to the muscles around your knee, many of our patients move on to work with our strength coaches to build the long term resilience and strength necessary to avoid re-injury.

Do I need to have had surgery to sign up?

No, absolutely not. There is a growing body of evidence that strength-based rehab for ACL tears is a very effective option for athletes of many levels. Our training programs implement the same principles of building strength and resilience for both surgical and non-surgical athletes.

Do I have to be an athlete to participate?

No! We have a special love for our athletic population, but anybody dealing with the long and complicated rehab process after an ACL tear is a good candidate for our remote programming. As all of our programming is highly tailored to each individual, we love to work with all active people.

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