I’m not sure where your client is as far as her rehab goes, but that’s information you want to get from her Surgeon or Physical Therapist. They usually give their patients exercises to do at home (if appropriate)& they’re the ones you want to do. Good luck Ben – I hope your client has a quick recovery.
Is she cleared for physical exercise by her doctor? I would also want to know where she is in the process of rehabilitation and what her limitations are before proceeding with a program.
Without knowing her current status from her physician’s instructions, it’s hard to advise. I do hope she recovers quickly.
to add to the comments above, I have been wondering why YOU want to get her running? Does she want to run? From what I read, she has one completely unstable knee but is able to walk / power walk. What is the point of her running?
After an injury like that, she is also likely to have a good number of compensatory patterns, and I would look at hip and ankle stability to work on those, as necessary.
First, is the client cleared to exercise with you?
I am an advocate of aqautic exercise for restrengthening injured runners and athletes. I also use it to train my clients that are not injured. Aquatic exercise is used in almost all professional sports programs for prehab, rehab and postrehab situations. And equestrian (horses) training facilities spend big money to construct pools/tanks for use to train multi-million dollar horses, both as training and rehab for injuries. It is even possible to train for power and hypertrophy using aquatic exercise.
If you think that aquatic exercise is too wimpy for you, I invite you to visit me on the Big Island of Hawaii. I’ll change your mind. This is one of the course formats that I teach as CECs for fitness professionals. Check out my website – www.hawaiifitnessacademy.com . And I would be happy to just meet any fitness professional coming here on vacation. This is my passion and I like to spread the Aloha in the fitness community.