Snowboarding After a Knee Scope (Arthroscopy)

Dr. Catherine Logan

Catherine Logan

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation


Snowboarding requires muscular endurance, flexibility, strength and balance. With a little program design specificity, riders can safely prepare for the slopes or the pipe. A mix of eccentric and concentric movements is recommended. Riders need to maintain control when their body gets pulled off axis.

Exercises such as squats, deadlifts and hex bar deadlifts, multi-direction lunges, step ups, plyometrics, Olympic lifts and variations, pull-ups, pushups and exercises that train the torso to resist rotation or collapse accommodate forceful rotations. Exercise regimens should also incorporate balance and proprioception if possible to create a more dynamic environment.

Hip, gluteal and core strength is an essential strong foundation for riders. Be careful about neglecting the hips and glutes in favor of the quadriceps. Hip weakness may cause the knees to collapse toward the midline and increase the risk of ligament injuries. Once a good foundation of strength is demonstrated through proper form, use dynamic movements that require you to create force or resist it rapidly. Build on basic exercises such as squats by adding velocity and complexity with high-speed repetitions, ball tosses and unstable surfaces.

A favorite is the Vew-Do® FLOW Balance Board, which has a patented track and rock design allowing for faster movement by creating more efficient transfer of rotation energy from the hips to the lower legs to the board. However, the exercises can be done on any balance board.

All post-op programming should be performed under the supervision of your physician and a licensed physical therapist.

Beginner/Phase I:

Straight Leg Raises

Straight Leg Raises: 3 x 20 reps


J-Raises: 3 x 20 reps

Hip Abduction

Hip Abduction: 3 x 20 reps per side

Mid Phase/Moderate Level:

Bridges with Band

W/ or W/O Band – 3 x 20 reps

Band Squats

Band Squats: 3 x 10-15 rpes

Clam Shells

Clam Shells: 3 x 20 per side

Advanced Phase

3-Way Reach

3 Cone Standing Reach: 3 x 1 minute rounds, repeat on other leg

Bosu Squats

Bosu Squats: 3 x 15 reps

Step Downs

Step Downs: 3 x 20 reps per side

Optional: Vew Do Board Progression

Try this Vew-Do Board progression:

Balance Board StanceBegin with feet hip-width apart and maintain a slight flex in the knees, torso upright. Find your center, stay steady and get confident on the board.
Balance Board SquatAdd a squat while balancing on the board. Three sets of 10 reps.
Balance Board GrabsLower the squat beyond 90 degrees while maintaining an upright torso and practice gripping the board at different points (between the feet, on the diagonals, on the sides and behind).
Plank Hold(And this Core progression) Begin with hands shoulder width apart in a plank hold. Maintain a straight line from the shoulders to the heels with core engaged. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, then repeat 3 to 5 reps.

Plank Hold Options: Hip lifts, Hip side lifts, knee tucks, push ups

Board Grabs
Plank with leg lifts
Push Ups