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    Need to build Strength- RUGBY

    Hi, I'm a newbie here, lol....

    Anyway: my story.

    I'm a 16 year old female, I've been in sports since I could walk.. I've been into gaining muscle, not so much how big they are but how strong I am. For the past few years I have been playing rugby for a boys team, since there aren't many girls that play here there's not enough to start a girls team, so I play for the boys high school division (even though our team isn't really a high school sport, our school hates rugby.. would never allow it). Anyway, being 5'3 and 115-120, I definately do need strength when I'm going against guys that are 6'0+ and 200 and some pounds. (A lot of guys are smaller than that, but some teams have some huge guys) I seemed to have been going good, then disaster struck.

    I was involved in soccer and rugby at the same time, I ended up completely tearing my ACL, and straining both my MCL and LCL. To play sports again, I had to go through surgery. This has been a huge set back. For a week I was in my bed the whole time, after that I walked around a little bit. I was going through physical therapy, but I couldn't do much. I'm about 3 months post-op and I'm still not allowed to run or do anything like that. I've never felt so lazy in my life - I mean now I'm sticking with crunches/sit ups/squats/etc., but I can't do much because my mom is so worried about my knee, and the fact that once I am able to play sports again I am going to be right back going full-force in rugby. I still have about 2 1/2 months to go and I need some advice on what I should do at home to build some strength. My mom is still a little iffy on me returning to the gym, and it's really showing (ahhh, my body has gone to crap)... I haven't lost much size in my legs, but I know I lost muscle. Anyway, I really need to know some ways to build my strength at home and stuff... obviously with my knee still healing I cannot do A LOT.. and it's driving me crazy... I just don't want to show up on the pitch and be weak and get totally run over by the guys.

    I know there isn't A LOT I can do but the problem is the fact that once I AM able to do a lot of things it'll be just the time I start rugby again, and I won't be up to the level I was at before I hurt my knee. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
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    First read these two articles:

    http://www.t-mag.com/nation_articles/274vixen.jsp

    http://www.t-mag.com/nation_articles/275vixen.jsp

    and also check out www.grrlathlete.com

    That being said, do heavy compound moves (while respecting the knee injury) such as squats, deadlifts, bench press, chin-ups, dips, rows, lunges.
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