ACL Injury Prevention

 

Female Athlete Injury Prevention Program

Individual and group training available.

Program Goal:

Reduce lower extremity injury rates in female athletes

Evaluation of squatting and landing mechanics first day and after 4 weeks of ACL injury prevention training.
Evaluation of squatting and landing mechanics first day and after 4 weeks of ACL injury prevention training.

Research Findings

  • Females have a 4-6 times higher Incidence of ACL injuries compared to their male counterparts.
  • Proprioceptive training screening and training programs reduced ACL injury rates by over 700%.
  • Trained study participants had a rate of ACL injury 3.6 times less than controls.

Risk factors full program addresses

Controllable factors

  • Hip, core or thigh muscular weakness

    Left knee rotated inside the foot. This collapse can be caused by decreased control at the foot or hip.
    This collapse can be caused by decreased control at the foot or hip.
  • Improper jumping and landing techniques
  • Flexibility issues that cause anterior tilting of pelvis causing lower extremity misalignment and contribute to inward collapsing of the knees during or prior to jumping and landing
  • Prematurely beginning “quick feet” programs that focus on jumps & hops prior to developing core athletic neuromuscular strengthening
  • Collapsing knee mechanic
  • Proper quick starts and cutting technique

 

 

Program:

Neuromuscular Retraining Program:

Knee misalignment caused by lack of hip control placing the knee at risk for injury.
Lack of hip control placing the knee at risk for injury.
    1. Experienced Physical Therapist and Trainers screen athletes using research proven tests.
    2. Risk assessment results for each athlete reviewed with coaches.
    3. Improve mechanics to decrease risk of lower extremity injury through proper instruction and supervised training.
    4. Create warmup program specific to the age group and individual risk factor noted on screen.
    5. Retest athletes at 6-8 weeks to evaluate improvement.

Program Options:

  1. Full Program: Screening athletes, implement 2xweek specific training program with report to coaches and parents,
    • 6-8 week training sessions 2x per week with conditioning coaches and Physical Therapist to address all athletes in program.
    • Followup assessments during program to track improvement.
    • Implementation of specific warmup program for teams.
    • Discounted private and semiprivate sessions for athletes.
    • Online demonstration and instructions for all activities in the program for coaches and players is under development.
  1. Modified Program: Screening and report to coaches/parents,
    • Warmup program given to team with goals for at risk athletes
    • Implementation of specific warmup program by teams.
  1. Screening with report to coaches and parents
    • Therapist screens athletes and reports findings to coaches and parents
    • No program given to address impairments,
    • Parents and athletes can choose to work with strength coaches or Physical Therapist’s individually.

 

 

For more information on ACL Prevention contact:

Dave Bender PT, FAAOMPT (cell)410-258-4721, Dave@IMPACT-Fellowship.com

Corey Serio (410) 241-2299 at Life Enhancement

 

 

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