ACL Injury Prevention
Article by John Miller
ACL Injury Prevention Program
“You’ve ruptured your ACL. You’re out for the season.” are the words that every athlete fears.
Most contact sports players who require a change of direction on a planted foot are susceptible to ACL rupture. Sports include football, rugby, rugby league, netball, basketball, skiing and touch football. Plus those sports that can require you to land on an unstable or awkward position eg gymnastics or volleyball can also risk your ACL.
Research has also shown that female athletes are more likely than males to sustain this devastating injury due to female hormone and muscle imbalances. Statistics report that females have a 4 to 8 times higher risk of ACL injury when participating in sports such as basketball and soccer. It is not unusual for any one team to have between one and three ACL injuries per season.
The good news is that most ACL injuries occur without contact with another player. The best way to prevent an ACL injury is through education and ACL injury prevention training. A May 2012 article from The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that female participants in an ACL injury prevention program had a risk reduction of 52% and males had an 85% risk reduction. Now that’s significant!
The PhysioWorks ACL Injury Prevention Program integrates player education with quadriceps, hamstrings, core, hip and lower extremity strengthening. Plus, it addresses other technique, proprioception and balance control issues along with sport specific agility movements. While it is good to use the generic ACL injury prevention program, we like to use an individually customised ACL prevention program that addresses the specific player deficits. This way, our ACL prevention program should provide even better results for the individual player.
The aim with our ACL Injury Prevention Programs is to keep players on the field and injury free.
If an ACL injury prevention program interests you or your teammates, please contact PhysioWorks. We can happily arrange individual, team, club or school
screening, education, coach and player training plus implementation and injury rate analysis. Please contact PhysioWorks for more information.
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