It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
In our last blog, we answered the question “what is an ACL?” Now that we know that the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is an essential component for knee stabilization and injury-recovery can require surgery and extended rehabilitation, we want to talk about keeping our ACLs in optimal condition by preventing them from being torn.
- Because women have a much higher risk of experiencing an ACL tear, research in recent years has focused on finding out why in an attempt to increase prevention.
- Neuromuscular training programs have been to be the best way to reduce injury risks.
- Neuromuscular training teaches bodies better bio-mechanic movements, as well as improved control over the dynamic stabilizers of the knee.
- Bio-mechanic movements are part of an unconscious process, but a body can be taught to have better control.
- The programs for better neuromuscular control address deficient in the knee’s dynamic stabilization.
- These programs are numerous, but most include stretching, plyometrics and strengthening.
- The programs teach an athlete how to minimize the impact on the ACL when landing a jump, pivoting from side to side and moving the knee.
- A popular neuromuscular control program is called the PEP program, which stands for Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance.