Austin Sports Medicine: ACL Injury Prevention for Teens

It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class! Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve put a lot of focus on ACL injuries, preventive care, and how women and teens are affected. Today we’re wrapping up the discussion with preventive tips for teen athletics looking for avoid those painful ACL tears.

  • ACL prevention programs can significantly reduce injury risks for teens.
  • The programs consist of drills focused on balance, agility and power.
  • Prevention programs include:
    • Warm-up
    • Stretching
    • Strengthening
    • Plyometrics
    • Agility exercises
    • Cool down
  • Focusing on plyometrics and agility drills helps improve neuromuscular conditioning and reaction time, which can lower risk of an ACL injury.
  • Drills teaching correct jumping/landing and accelerating/decelerating techniques improve good alignment movement to safeguard the knees.
  • Strengthening programs help correct weaknesses related to poor alignment.
  • Pre-game and pre-practice warm-ups are essential.
  • The six-phase prevention program shown above should be performed 2 to 3 times each week during the preseason.
  • During an athlete’s off-season, he or she should either cross-train or take a break from sports entirely. Preventing the overuse of bodily areas helps minimize injuries like ACL tears.

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