ACL Prevention and Risk Reduction

Are you at risk for an ACL injury? ACL injuries can be quite devastating causing pain and hardship. Tearing your ACL can cost you the whole season, and maybe some of next season. The financial burden can be quite large with the average cost of ACL injury being a little more than $13,000 in the United States. Not to mention there is physical and emotional pain. Some athletes may go through depression, loss of identity, and feel like they are missing out. There is undoubtedly a great cost to tearing your ACL.

There are approximately 200,000 ACL injuries every year in the United States. Approximately 70% of those are non-contact injuries meaning that the injury occured without any external traumatic force. These non-contact injuries can occur from a jump, landing from a jump, planting, twisting, cutting, hopping, or falling. Research shows that a lot of these injuries can be avoided. But how? By performing an ACL prevention program! Research shows that performing an ACL prevention program can reduce your risk of ACL injury by 50% overall and up to 67% in female athletes! That means we could potentially reduce the number of ACL injuries by 70,000 to 93,000 per year!!! Wow.

Now that we have established that ACL prevention programs are necessary and that they work, what is an ACL prevention program? An ACL prevention program will consist of patient education, flexibility/mobility training, balance training, proprioceptive training, dynamic stability training, jump training, agility training and strength training. There is a lot that goes in to a good ACL prevention program. It takes a professional to design and implement a good ACL prevention program.

Here at Puckett PT, we are doing just that. With over 7 years of working with ACL injuries we are putting our expertise and the best evidence in to designing ACL prevention programs to help youth athletes.

If you play any sport that requires running, cutting, change of direction, turning, twisting, jumping, landing, planting or physical contact then ACL prevention is for YOU! Don’t wait for a devastating injury to occur knocking you out for a year and costing you thousands of dollars. Get started on an ACL prevention program with us today!

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