ACL injuries are a serious knee injury that has a huge impact on an athlete, often for the rest of their life.
This is why programs and advice that can reduce the risk of this injury are paramount.
Did you know that women are up to 4-6 times more likely to sustain an ACL injury during sport?
This risk is related to a variety of factors, some are modifiable such as lower limb biomechanics, strength and neuromuscular control. Others are not, such as the menstrual cycle.
In order to reduce the risk for young athletes, particularly young women, programs that develop strength, running technique, agility and other key neuromuscular control strategies need to be in place. Then, this must be combined with a review of lower limb biomechanics.
The best way to introduce these prevention approaches is through the use of a well-designed dynamic warm-up combined with a screening of foot and lower limb mechanics.
If you are keen to know more please contact our senior physiotherapist and high-performance consultant, Stuart Canavan, here at Optimise Health.