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.
Improper movements that can cause ACL injuries
Now that we’ve covered the background of ACL injury prevention, it’s time to get moving! On his blog, Dr. Trent Nessler has covered the movements that are have been proven to be associated with ACL injuries. Unfortunately, these activities are common in a lot of today’s sports training and game play. When it comes to squatting, Dr. Nessler explains that lateral shifts of the pelvis during a squatting motion is a common and dangerous move.
“In 2013, Atkins et al showed that a lateral displacement of the pelvis during the squatting motion alters the force distribution (and hence strength development) through the lower kinetic chain. This will not only alter current strength development but also future strength development. … But once identified, if it is not corrected and allowed to continue on into all forms of training (weighted squats for example) then this just simply re-enforces poor movement patterns and alters strength development.”
“Another example is single limb performance. We know what the movements are that put people at risk. We know that if they are present on one limb versus the other that the athlete is at risk. First, we must assess those in a meaningful way. Assess them in a way that can guide us to some root cause. … Simply put, if we only focus on that movement in the limited amount of time that we have with them in rehab and then what minor change is achieved is offset with poor motor patterns developed with all the other training. “
Learn the movements that can cause ACL injury now!
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.