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Table 3 Gym/aquatic program

From: Efficacy of a physiotherapy rehabilitation program for individuals undergoing arthroscopic management of femoroacetabular impingement – the FAIR trial: a randomised controlled trial protocol

Gym/aquatic program Aim Description Timeframes Frequency
Stationary cycling To improve hip range of motion Upright bike with high seat to avoid hip flexion past 90 degrees. Initially 15 mins at moderate intensity Session 2 onwards (Session 3 if have microfracture) 2 × weekly
Walking in pool To maintain cardiovascular fitness and improve hip range of motion Walking at chest depth, forwards, straight lines only. 10 mins for FOC or labral repair, 5 mins for microfracture or ligamentum teres repair Session 2 onwards (session 3 if have microfracture) 2 × weekly
Swimming To maintain/regain cardiovascular fitness No kicking until 6–8 weeks post-surgery, 500 m – 1 km Session 2 onwards (session 3 if have microfracture) 2 × weekly
Cross trainer To maintain/regain cardiovascular fitness Initially 15mins at moderate intensity Session 2 onwards (Session 3 if have microfracture) 2 × weekly
Squats To improve lower limb strength and function 3 sets of 10 repetitions, working at “moderately hard” on modified Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) Session 6 onwards 2 × weekly
Lunges
Leg press
Leg extensions
Hamstring curls