I find after strenuous exercise (competitive basketball specifically) that my knee needs a couple days to recover. Are there any specific exercises I can do to strengthen the joint and reduce my recovery time? I prefer in-home techniques.
Specifics: I jammed my knee into a rock while fielding a ground ball three years ago and have had issues since. I wear a brace/sleeve whenever jumping is involved, though I usually can run with no pain. 95% of the time, I'm fine. I started to wear the sleeve because I had occasions where I'd come down to the ground and my knee would buckle like it wanted to give out completely. When there's pain (minor, generally just a hindrance on stairs), I tend to have a hard time with any squat type movements, particularly with weight (like a toddler).