If you missed Episode One or Two in our ACL Injury Prevention series, check it out now to learn how ACL tears and sprains occur and the different types of ACL injuries!

Our ACL Injury Prevention Series featuring Trent Nessler PT, MPT, DPT will be sharing insights and research-proven exercises from The PhysioSports National ACL Initiative to help athletes stay safe, healthy and game ready.

Who is at risk and tips for ACL injury prevention

For weeks we’ve been featuring Dr. Nessler’s expertise on ACL injuries, but he’s not alone in curiosity. On his blog, Trent has featured some other prominent researchers on a quest to determine ACL injury risk factors:

  • Newman et al. found that a delay in the time to surgery resulted in greater prevalence of irreparable meniscal injuries and severity of chondral injury (take note, parents!). They also found that those who returned to play prior to surgery had increased severity of chondral and meniscal injuries.  Lastly, they found that obesity played a significant influence on both the prevalence and severity of concomitant injuries associated with ACL ruptures.
  • Rugg et al. found that athletes who have had a knee injury or surgery prior to a Division I college athletic career are not only at greater risk of re-injury but that will also spend more time on the injury reserve during their college career.
  • Andernord et al. reported those under the age of 20 were at a much higher risk with males at a 2.4 times higher risk and females at a 2.9 times higher risk of contralateral ACLR.  This study further concluded that females undergoing an ACL reconstruction using a autograft from the contralateral limb were 3 times higher risk than those who did not.

This week, we’re joining these researchers and helping athletes get ahead of the game. Watch as Dr. Nessler explains:

  • Which demographics are at a heightened risk for suffering from ACL pulls or tears
  • Best practices to lessen the chance of an ACL injury

Watch the video below and stop back weekly for more of Dr. Nessler and our ACL Injury Prevention Series!

With the strong prevalence of the ACL injury in athletics today, TheraBand and Cramer, along with Physiotherapy Associates and Dr. Trent Nessler, know that it’s important to be on the forefront of the injury prevention programing. We’re excited to announce that, through our partnership, an ACL Injury prevention kit will be released in March of 2016. Each kit will be filled with the expert insights, exercises and all of the tools you need to prehab, rehab and train your athletes.

REFERENCES:

Andernord, 2015. Predictors of contralateral anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a cohort study of 9061 patients with 5-year follow-up. 43(2):295-302.

Newman et al. 2015. Factors predictive of concomitant injuries among children and adolescents undergoing anterior cruciate ligament surgery. Am J Sports Med. 43(2):282-8.

Rugg et al. 2014. Effects of prior knee surgery on subsequent injury, imaging, and surgery in NCAA collegiate athletes. Am J Sports Med. 42(4):959-64.

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