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Peterson used Wii to rehab ACL

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Any player who has torn an ACL needs to go buy a Wii.  Because that’s what Vikings running back Adrian Peterson used in the early stages of his recovery from a serious knee injury suffered on Christmas Eve of 2011.

Peterson explained how the video game system helped his rehab efforts during a Friday visit to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

“I was able to do different ski games maybe like a month after the surgery to help kind of stabilize the knee and put that pressure on there and try to rebuild those muscles and get more power and strength in those muscles around the knee,” Peterson said.

While the process is inordinately more complex than playing video games, it confirms his dedication and commitment to getting back to 100 percent.  It also means that every athlete who tears an ACL will buy a Wii.

Or, at a minimum, add it to his wedding registry at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

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28 Responses to “Peterson used Wii to rehab ACL”
  1. floratiotime says: Jun 24, 2013 1:58 PM

    A once-in-a-million success story. Congrats AP.

  2. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:01 PM

    In this case Wii is code speak for HGH.

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 24, 2013 2:03 PM

    In addition to the HGH.

  4. thesteelers says: Jun 24, 2013 2:07 PM

    And steroids.

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Jun 24, 2013 2:11 PM

    By Wii, Cheaterson means HGH. #Cheater,CheaterSyringeonFire

  6. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 24, 2013 2:19 PM

    Wii released some games for a certain target market.

    HGH skiing, HGH Mario, etc.

  7. davikes says: Jun 24, 2013 2:25 PM

    Every pro athlete probably already has a WII and an XBox, and a and a and a….

  8. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 24, 2013 2:26 PM

    Maybe he’s just angling for an endorsement deal.

  9. minnesotablizzard says: Jun 24, 2013 2:27 PM

    I wonder how much Nintendo pays him to mention Wii as part of the rehab recovery? (Serious question because he’s obviously being paid)

  10. purplehaze28 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:27 PM

    As opposed to Percy Harvin, who used Wiid.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 24, 2013 2:32 PM

    And congrats to Nintendo for their innovation that made this tool possible. You gotta love their contributions of making the world a better place through video games.

    Here’s your script: play 2 games and email me in the morning,
    – Dr Mario

  12. trollhammer20 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:34 PM

    A friend of mine tore his Achilles playing basketball, and was struggling with rehab after surgery…..until he got WiiFit and started doing the yoga.

    He started notcing benefits after only a week. He no longer uses the Wii, but uses some of the yoga he learned from it as part of his regular workout. Swears it helped get him back out on the court.

    If you’ve never tried it, just try to keep that little red dot still when balancing on one foot…good luck.

  13. orivar says: Jun 24, 2013 2:50 PM

    That’s actually a pretty smart way of rehab.

  14. ruvelligwebuike says: Jun 24, 2013 2:56 PM

    He almost led the Vikings to a Super Bowl victory on Madden, too. But the game froze up.

    He called Nintendo headquarters and told them there was a glitch in the game. Every time the Vikings are about to win it all, an error screws it all up.

    Nintendo: “That’s no error.”

  15. purple28mvp says: Jun 24, 2013 2:57 PM

    Packer fans obsessed with vikings on this thread is amazing. Oh and jealous of are running back a little. 13 post and half of them are packer trolls. WOW!!!

  16. steelcurtainwereonpedstoo says: Jun 24, 2013 3:04 PM

    The Steel Curtain was made of P.E.D.s

  17. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 24, 2013 3:07 PM

    Wow, my man AP is a fricken machine. Hell, I wish the Wii would work for my golf game!

  18. mrrodgershood says: Jun 24, 2013 3:16 PM

    Wait! Can you buy a Wii at Bed, Bath & Beyond?

  19. skinswillsurprise says: Jun 24, 2013 3:23 PM

    BOOOOOO All the HGH people!! Ever heard of something called hard work?

  20. vikes8480 says: Jun 24, 2013 3:23 PM

    Don’t steroids weaken ligaments? Pretty sure AP didn’t use HGH during his rehab.

    Packer fans look no further than your defensive “star”. Matthews is a roid user. Went from a nobody to a stud at USC in one year. How about that lingering hamstring issue he had. Sorry Puke fans, your boy is the real HGH user.

  21. whatjusthapped says: Jun 24, 2013 3:25 PM

    The best running back in the NFL, the only question is whether his career will be more futile than Barry Sanders. I read somewhere that Barry played in a total of 6 playoff games in his career. Barry never fumbled as much as Peterson in playoff games but in the end, it didn’t matter because Childress was there to send in the 12th man before Farve threw the INT.

    Good luck next decade.

  22. GenXJay says: Jun 24, 2013 3:34 PM

    What would HGH have to do with an injury?
    Laughable, cheese bay clowns. Take some time & research what it’s for & side effects.
    But, my synopsis is that your knowledge in meds parallels how well the cheese & mold witch doctors facilitate treatment of injured players.
    Like I predicted. He chose Minnesota. They have the technology, know-how, & tools to rebuild Bishop.

  23. dynasonic says: Jun 24, 2013 3:35 PM

    Adrian Peterson plays skiing games on the Wii and makes the quickest comeback from a catastrophic knee injury in NFL history. Aaron Hernandez plays Grand Theft Auto on the Xbox 360 and makes the quickest fall from grace in Patriots history. These crazy kids and their video games…

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 24, 2013 4:12 PM

    GenXJay says:
    Jun 24, 2013 3:34 PM

    He chose Minnesota. They have the technology, know-how, & tools to rebuild Bishop.

    ***********************************

    Yeah, there are a lot of tools over there.

  25. phillyphever says: Jun 24, 2013 4:57 PM

    Ah, that explained why his body was ready.

  26. jazz11001 says: Jun 25, 2013 12:11 AM

    G B fans all hating again because you have all of your money tied up into 2 people. Keep hating – you’re rebuilding like it or not…

  27. crnvic847 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:12 AM

    Has anybody informed Derrick Rose of this?

  28. crnvic847 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:12 AM

    Derrick Rose? Are you listening?

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