The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is a crucial ligament located within the knee that interlocks with the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) between the thigh and shin bone. The ACL provides stability to the leg, particularly during knee extension and rotational movements.
Tears of the ACL have become prevalent in young athletes, particularly in female soccer and basketball players. Female athletes are at a 4-6 times higher risk for non-contact ACL tears compared to their male counterparts. Research indicates that 1 in 4 athletes who suffer an ACL injury will experience a subsequent injury.
Studies have demonstrated that implementing an ACL injury prevention exercise program in young female athletes can reduce the risk of non-contact ACL tears by 75%. Additionally, the use of foot orthotics has been shown to decrease the risk of non-contact ACL injury by 77%.
ACL Injuries in Totowa
ACL injuries are a common occurrence among athletes, with tens of thousands of cases reported each year. Sports like soccer, football, basketball, and lacrosse carry the highest risk of ACL injury, which can happen during quick movements, decelerating, or jumping. Unfortunately, female athletes are four to six times more susceptible to ACL tears compared to their male counterparts. If an athlete has suffered an ACL injury, research indicates that they have a 25% chance of experiencing another.
ACL injuries can have significant consequences, including a higher risk of early osteoarthritis, reduced ability to return to the sport at the same level, loss of playing time and potential scholarship, muscle weakness, and diminished function. If you are an athlete who demonstrates faulty jumping biomechanics, is female, participates in cutting and running sports, or has a history of knee or ACL injuries, you may be at a higher risk for ACL injury.
While certain risk factors, such as wider-set hips, long thighbones and shinbone, and general ligament laxity, cannot be changed, modifiable risk factors such as poor neuromuscular control can be addressed with proper training through our program. Contact us today to schedule your assessment and take steps towards reducing your risk of ACL injury.
Our ACL Screening Process
The specialists at Synergy Physical Therapy and Wellness has designed a program that focuses on reducing the risk of ACL injuries and enhancing an athlete’s athletic performance. The program is based on our in-depth research that has linked certain movement patterns to ACL injury risk.
Our team of licensed sports physical therapists, athletic trainers, and certified strength and conditioning specialists collaborate to address the specific weaknesses of each athlete. They use a combination of cutting-edge research, clinical expertise, and evidence-based training techniques to enhance jumping mechanics and proprioception (awareness of body position).
The program encompasses three primary areas:
Screening: We use the most reliable, practical, and valid screening tools to determine which athletes may be at risk of ACL injury.
Prescription: Our licensed physical therapist will prescribe targeted training techniques to address any neuromuscular deficiencies in individual athletes.
Enhancing athletic performance while reducing the risk of serious knee injuries such as ACL tears through the use of effective training methods in a group or team environment.
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Our team of specialists is eager and ready to help you with any ACL concerns. Contact our team today if you or your loved one could benefit from an ACL screening.
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