How to Jump Rope to Strengthen the Meniscus

Smaller jumps will impact your joints less.
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If you play sports such as basketball, soccer and football, it is not uncommon to suffer meniscus injuries that will force you to the sidelines. The meniscus consists of two pieces of cartilage in each knee that work to provide a natural shock absorber between your femur and tibia. Minor meniscus tears can heal on their own in a matter of weeks, but more serious injuries require surgery. You can't specifically strengthen your meniscus, as it's a piece of cartilage, but rehab activities commonly include jump rope and other exercises that strengthen the muscles around your knees.

Step 1

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold one end of the jump rope in each hand. Allow the rope to sit on the floor at your heels.

Step 2

Spin the jump rope upward, over your head and toward your feet, and make a small jump to allow the rope to pass under your feet. Rotate your shoulders to spin the rope over your head and back down toward your feet. Continue jumping each time the rope approaches your feet and establish a slow, steady rhythm.

Step 3

Speed up your rhythm and try variations such as alternating feet as you jump. Focus on taking small steps; your feet don't need to come more than an inch off the ground. The smaller steps you take, the less impact this exercise will have on your knee joints, which is especially important when rehabbing an meniscus injury. Remember to keep your knees slightly bent as you jump.

Step 4

Jump rope for several minutes and take breaks when necessary. Gauge how your meniscus feels by gently bending your leg. If you feel pain in the meniscus, stop jumping rope immediately.

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