As I'm old hat at the whole physical-rehab-for-ACL-reconstruction thing, I had no questions for Dr. K, so we spent time chatting about our iPhones and favorite apps.
I have two iPhone / iPod Touch apps that have proven invaluable in my PT and ongoing goal-setting endeavors.
Round Timer - This app is the classic training ring timer. You can set up any number of rounds, with a countdown timer, and separate recurring timers for warning and rest times. For interval training, this thing is tops--and much less expensive as an iPhone app than purchasing the real thing, typically upwards of $200!
For each round, you can set up a warning time and rest time. So a 2 minute round with 10 second warning would sound a tone at 1:50, indicating there were 10 seconds left in the round. Rest time is a period between rounds, handy for actually catching your breath--or in the case of sparring class, switching partners.
As a bonus, you can play songs from your music library while the timer is running, and it will automatically mute the music to sound a tone. This allows you to crank music for your workout, and not miss your intervals!
Tallies - Just like it says, this app helps you keep tally counts of anything. In my case, I have some Summer goals - like 1000 push-ups, 150 reps of my forms, 45 minutes of aerobic activity each week, and 1500 slow-count kicks. Completely customizable, and really cheap, putting my goals on my phone keeps me on-track.
What software or mobile device apps do YOU find helpful on a daily basis???
I'm in my mid 40's entering middle age. I began studying National Karate in August of 2007, based on the Joon Rhee system of Tae Kwon Do. I was laid low by torn ACL's in December of 2007, November of 2008, and a re-tear in December of 2009. This is a journal of my journey from defeat in injury to victory over reconstruction, and on to earning my 1st Degree Black Belt.