ACL Program

ACL Prevention and Performance Enhancement Program

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are one of the most common knee joint injuries in athletes, with as many as 250,000 occurring annually in the U.S. While the contact-related ACL injury may be difficult to avoid, the non-contact ACL injury has more recently been in the spotlight. ACL injuries occur in females much more frequently than in males who are competing in the same sport. The gender difference for ACL injury risk may be due to many variables, including: anatomical, neuromuscular, biomechanical, and hormonal factors, as well as other external variables.

Injury Prevention Programs

Proper training can help to reduce the number of ACL injuries. Prevention has become an important of athletic and medical organizations, with the development of programs that focus on neuromuscular training. Such programs can reduce the risk of ACL injury from approximately 25 to 80 percent in female athletes in sports such as soccer, basketball and volleyball.

One formal program is based upon the Santa Monica Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance (PEP) program, which has been widely used in athletics since 2008. As research has progressed, so have new trends in ACL injury prevention, which have shifted from static stretching to more sport-specific dynamic flexibility and gluteal strength and “core” strength and stability. These play a vital role in protecting the ACL before injury or after surgery.

Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, in partnership with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, has developed an ACL Prevention/Performance Enhancement Program which incorporates existing scientific-based knowledge about ACL prevention injuries, combined with newer information on the importance of dynamic flexibility and hip/trunk strength and stability for prevention and performance.

For more information on our ACL Injury Prevention Program or to set up an educational session, please call 952.946.9777 and ask for Brent Millikin.