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A Peek Inside Falcons Defensive End Takk McKinley’s Shoulder Rehab

Reprint from Atlanta Journal-Constitution - By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Fresh off his third shoulder surgery in four years and the Falcons declining his $10.3 million fifth-year option, defensive end Takk McKinley arrived in Laguna Hills, California, as a man on a mission.

McKinley was there for physical therapy, strength training and to improve his stamina through cardio training at ProSport Physical Therapy and Performance. “His plan from ProSport was to just get healthy and strong,” said Laura Scott, who has a master’s degree in physical therapy and oversaw the physical-therapy portion of McKinley’s rehab. “Get fit so that he would be ready to play for this season.”

McKinley spoke highly of Scott and of Matt Camargo, his strength trainer. They both confirmed what McKinley said about working Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. until sometimes well into the evenings. “It varied throughout his rehab, but mostly he would come in at 7 a.m. with me and work with me for about an hour and a half to two hours doing shoulder rehab,” said Scott, ProSport’s clinical director. “Getting stronger. Getting his mobility. From there he would meet with Matt, who is our strength-and-conditioning trainer. He would meet with him and do total body, speed and agility and strength training.”

McKinley needed to get stronger and lose weight, too. “After that, he would likely go to the track and do some track workouts,” Scott said. “As he got closer to July, he actually started doing track workouts in the morning and the afternoon. Two track workouts a day, PT (physical therapy) and then strength training.”

McKinley, who was drafted in the first round (26th overall) of the 2017 draft,