ACL Injuries and Injury Reduction Program
For the past two decades, ACL injury prevention programs have been a strong focus in the field of sports medicine. Various programs have been created to encourage and promote proper jumping, landing and cutting techniques for athletes who may be at high risk of sustaining an ACL injury. ACL prevention programs include targeted exercises that address muscle strengthening, muscle recruitment patterns, landing and deceleration patterns, proprioception, and plyometrics.
Females experience an ACL injury at the knee 2-8 times more than males. Once an athlete tears an ACL, there is a 33% chance of tearing the opposite ACL. Sportsmetrics™ is the first and largest ACL injury prevention program scientifically proven to decrease serious knee ligament injuries in female athletes by 40-65%.
Rose City Physical Therapy is a certified provider of the SportsMetrics™ program for ACL injury prevention. We chose this program for it’s blue chip reputation and strong research component and evidence based support to its effectiveness.
The program was developed by Dr. Frank Noyes and a medical team. Plyometric drills are used to train athletes to preposition the body safely. The selection and progression of exercises are designed for neuromuscular retraining proceeding from simple jumping to multi-directional single leg hopping drills with quick turnover. The program gives the athlete a solid foundation of strength, coordination, conditioning and movement to attain their highest potential in their sport.
Not only does Sportsmetrics™ decrease injury risk, it also has been shown to increase performance.
Most ACL injury prevention programs warm-up sessions last approximately 15-30 minutes, making it very easy to incorporate into a practical setting. Whether assigned to a single athlete, or having the full soccer team run through the warm-up, it doesn’t take long and the rewards of significant risk to reduced ACL injury are well worth it.
If you are an athlete, you should strongly consider participating in an ACL injury prevention program due to the overwhelmingly positive statistical evidence supporting a program’s effectiveness.
In one study examining the effect of ACL injury prevention programs, female athletes demonstrated a reduction in ACL injury risk by 52% after incorporating the program into their fitness routine. Even better, male athletes demonstrated a reduced ACL injury risk by 85% after incorporating the program into their fitness routine. With odds so good, why not start your prevention regimen today?!
Our Portland, OR physical therapy practice is dedicated to helping athletes recover from ACL injuries, in addition to preventing further injury in the future through a comprehensive return to sport program and the SportsMetrics™ program.
If you are interested in our ACL injury prevention program, contact Rose City Physical Therapy today to find out how it can benefit you. Our dedicated physical therapists will get you started on your journey to reaching your optimum physical function!