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Prevention of Anterior Cruciate Ligaments in Soccer

Throwback Thursday! Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) remain a hot topic in sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. Balance training has become more popular recently in the prevention of ACL injuries. A 1996 study by Caraffa and colleagues was done to determine the preventive effect of a pre-season proprioceptive training program using different types […]

Elastic resistance exercise dosing and knee joint reaction forces: Implications for ACL rehab

PART II: Elastic resistance exercise dosing and knee joint reaction forces In Part I, we discussed how Dr. Biscarini quantified the torque of elastic resistance training with goniometric graphs and equations, supporting the concept of elastic resistance exercise dosing that we’ve been teaching for years. In Part II, we will discuss Dr. Biscarini’s findings on […]

Sport-specific rehabilitation for ACL Reconstruction

Rehabilitation following sports injury requires specific exercises and training to return the athlete to their prior level of competition. Recently, the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy published a series of 4 papers from sports rehabilitation experts on returning athletes to sport after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Each paper described progressive phases of […]

Thera-Band exercise program can improve lower limb biomechanics in females

Female athletes are particularly susceptible to anterior knee pain and injury to their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This increased risk is thought to result from poor dynamic control of the hip and knee, particularly when the foot hits the ground. The inability to control hip adduction, knee valgus, and internal rotation in the transition from […]

Balance training improves risk factor for ACL injury

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are often detrimental to an athlete’s season. Biomechanical analysis of the lower extremity suggests that cutting maneuvers increase the load on the ACL by increasing valgus and internal rotation forces when the knee is extended. While reconstructive surgery and rehab are often successful, it’s obvious that preventing ACL injuries through […]

Proprioceptive training reduces injury rates and recovery time in female soccer players

Proprioceptive exercise training has been shown in several studies to reduce soccer injury rates. Unstable surfaces such as Thera-Band® Stability Trainers, Stability Discs, and balance boards can be part of an effective proprioceptive training program. Several studies have shown reductions in ACL tears and ankle sprains which are considered “non-contact” injuries. German researchers hypothesized that […]

Neuromuscular exercise program effective for ACL Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction usually involves 6 months of physical therapy, including strength and balance exercises. Traditional ACL rehab has focused on increasing strength of knee and lower extremity muscles. More recently, “neuromuscular” exercise programs that de-emphasize strength training have been used successfully in Europe. Physical therapy researchers in Norway compared 2 types of ACL […]

Thera-Band® program helps improve lower extremity strength and biomechanics in female athletes

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears occur in about one in every 3000 Americans; 80% of these injuries are non-contact, often requiring surgical reconstruction. Female athletes have a higher incidence of ACL injury, likely due to biomechanical differences compared to males. Research has focused on exercise programs that help improve these biomechanics in order to prevent […]